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Higher Daily Intakes of Vitamin D Recommended for Mature Adults

Daily recommended intakes of vitamin D for older adults need to be increased according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

Writing in the May 2010 issue of the journal Osteoporosis International, the foundation stated that the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency globally among mature adults is causing widespread health problems.

A large body of research supports this claim and has demonstrated that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of muscle weakness, falling and suffering a fracture.

Currently the daily recommendations for vitamin D are 400 IU. According to the Foundation, mature adults actually need to consume at least 800-1000 IU daily.

For people that have osteoporosis, limited sun exposure or are obese the daily value should be closer to 2000 IU.

Even Oprah Winfrey has spoken up about this subject, telling her viewers that the average mature adult should lean towards the 2000 IU daily mark.

The researchers noted that higher levels can easily be achieved through supplementation. You can also get your daily dose of vitamin D through sunlight, however supplements are usually the best option because as you age your skin becomes less efficient at synthesizing the vitamin.

Beyond keeping bones healthy, vitamin D is also important for maintaining your mood, keeping your immune system strong and reducing blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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