Vitamin D Isn’t the Super Vitamin You Thought It Is, and It Can’t Make You Lose Weight

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Vitamin D is touted as a nutrient that is good for the bones especially when taken in tandem with calcium. However, the point has been reached that many medical experts and even doctors are thinking that large doses of vitamin D can prevent some major maladies like autoimmune disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, as well as helping to lose weight.

On the contrary, according to the American Medical Association and the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston, there is no real concrete evidence to show that large doses of vitamin D can prevent the above diseases, let alone help to lose weight. However, taking doses as high as 600 mg. daily for children, teens, and adults, and 800 mg. for those 70 years and older is considered harmless and in fact still benefits the body, just not in the ways mentioned above. This is especially beneficial for those who consistently work indoors and don’t get enough sunlight.

However, going beyond 4,000 mg. daily may lead to the formation of kidney stones, calcification of blood vessels, and possibly cause cardiovascular disease. What an irony considering that some people take a lot of vitamin D to prevent this disease.  The generally false perception may have started from media reports or supplement companies wanting to make big money. Since taking some is good for the health, then perhaps taking a lot can be better for health. Probably the most unhealthy misconception formed is that vitamin D may have something to contribute to lose weight.

This may have been caused by the fact that the muscles do need some amounts of vitamin D for better strength training, but this isn’t the same as actually having weight loss. For daily consumption of vitamin D for healthy purposes, three or four servings per day from foods like milk, yogurt, soy, orange juice, cereal, and fatty fish is more than enough. And even if a person is suffering from vitamin D deficiency, it’s still no reason to load up on supplements.

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