Dr. Oz: Importance of Vitamin D
Dr. Oz said the number one thing that all of us should be getting more of is vitamin D. Vitamin D can prevent weight gain, dementia, diabetes, cancer, depression, memory loss, and heart disease. But three out of four Americans aren’t getting enough of it.
The best source of vitamin D is the sun. A lot of people work longer hours indoors and aren’t outside very much. North of Atlanta in the U.S., the sun isn’t strong enough to provide Vitamin D for half of the year. People also might not be getting enough because they’re older and need more or because they’re not eating the right foods.
Dr. Oz: How To Know If You Need More Vitamin D
- Do you spend more than eight hours a day indoors?
- Are you overweight with a BMI higher than 30?
- Do you feel like you’re moody a lot?
- Do you have trouble concentrating?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you probably need more vitamin D.
Dr. Oz: Vitamin D Good for Blood Pressure, Chronic Pain & Depression
Dr. Oz talked to Christine, Deb, and Rita, who all had low vitamin D levels and dealt with them. Christine said she used to be depressed and moody, but after testing her vitamin D levels, she learned she was low. Deb had high blood pressure and realized that vitamin D can lower her blood pressure. She took vitamin D and it’s much lower now. Rita had lots of severe pain and was surprised when vitamin D cured her chronic pain.
Dr. Oz: How to Get Enough Vitamin D
Dr. Oz recommends getting your vitamin D from a supplement. He said a lot of people aren’t outdoors enough or aren’t eating enough of vitamin D-rich foods. Supplements help people get the right numbers.