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Why do people take vitamin D?

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People with low levels of vitamin D may need supplements. That includes those who:

  • Are over 50
  • Get very little sun
  • Have kidney disease or conditions that affect how their bodies absorb minerals
  • Have darker skin
  • Are lactose intolerant, meaning they can’t digest the sugar in dairy foods
  • Are vegan
  • Are infants who eat only breast milk

From: How Much Vitamin D Do I Need? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and vitamin D." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Osteoporosis Foundation: "NOF Scientific Statement: National Osteoporosis Foundation's Updated Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D3 Intake." Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Vitamin D." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin D." WebMD Feature: "Boning up on Calcium."





The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

National Institutes of Health: "Vitamin D."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

SOURCES: Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and vitamin D." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Osteoporosis Foundation: "NOF Scientific Statement: National Osteoporosis Foundation's Updated Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D3 Intake." Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Vitamin D." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin D." WebMD Feature: "Boning up on Calcium."





The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

National Institutes of Health: "Vitamin D."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

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