Vitamin D is of course one of the most important supplements for just about anyone to take, and most people are deficient, especially those in more northern climates where the sunlight intensity is simply not as strong.
Staying in the sunlight leads to Vitamin D creation in our bodies, but during the fall and winter months, most people in northern climates simply don’t get enough, making supplements a must-have item during this period.
Maximizing your Vitamin D levels is one of the best ways to prevent various cancers especially breast cancer, flu and colds, infections, seasonal depression and much more.
Millions of people need more Vitamin D, but there is much confusion about how to make sure the critical vitamin is properly absorbed into your system as well as how much is needed. It’s not as simple as just buying a bottle of Vitamin D and taking it with water each morning.
So, what are the best ways to make sure your Vitamin D is absorbed properly? A recent study discussed in the magazine Life Extension may shed some light on that topic.
Study on Vitamin D absorption
The aforementioned study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic foundation found that when people take Vitamin D with their largest meal of the day, blood levels increased by over 50% compared to those who took the vitamin on an empty stomach or with a light meal.
The vitamin is fat soluble, and larger meals are often more likely to contain fat. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of Mercola.com, the top-visited natural health site on the web, Vitamin K is also an important companion vitamin to have in order to maximize your Vitamin D absorption.
Vitamin K is found in a wide variety of leafy greens, which also are more likely to be consumed during a large meal, and a subcategory of Vitamin K, Vitamin K2, is also important for optimum absorption. Because Vitamin K2 is found almost exclusively in odd foods such as natto and a fermented soy product and fermented cheeses, you may need to add a K2 supplement to your diet if you’re serious about making sure your blood levels of Vitamin D are optimal.
The importance of supplementing with Vitamin D also increases as we get older since our bodies lose the ability to create it from sunlight as well as in our younger days. A recommended dose of the K2 supplement is 185 mcg daily according to Mercola’s article.
When it comes to the optimal Vitamin D type and level, make sure you’re getting your supplements from a trusted natural source, and make sure that you’re getting a high enough dosage. The FDA recommends 400 IU of Vitamin D daily, but that seems far too low according to most natural health authorities.
According to the life extension article, people who are aging should take 5,000 IU of Vitamin D. Mercola’s Vitamin D spray products contain 6,000 IU, which seems like a good amount for most people who are deficient, especially if they’re getting fat and the proper Vitamin K amounts with it.
Regardless of whether you can afford to add in the proper Vitamin K2 supplements or not, make you take your Vitamin D with a large, well balanced meal that includes plenty of leafy greens and high quality fats, and you should be able to make a big difference in your own absorption of this critical Vitamin for staying healthy during the cold weather months.