My vitamin D intake is low. What are the risks associated with a vitamin D deficiency?
Shantih Coro (Hallandale Beach, FL) on Aug 19, 2011
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it is found in animal fats only. If you are like most Americans, who have been scared away from fats without a real scientific basis, you are probably avoiding animal fats, consuming lean meats and buying low-fat products. It does not come as a surprise that vitamin D is one of the vitamins that people lack the most in the USA along with iodine. Vitamin D is stored in the liver. Lab tests show only the circulating vitamin D in the blood, so if lab tests show that you are low in vitamin D, it means your levels are really low. Then it is important to understand that we are not only what we eat but what we absorb. Vitamin D is getting a lot of attention in the last few years and its deficiency is commonly associated with many diseases. My suggestion is to start to eat real whole food, some grass fed liver pate, and fermented cod liver oil (the highest source of vitamin D in nature). Most doctors tend to give vitamin D3 in pills, which are usually poorly absorbed, since vitamin D requires vitamin A to be properly absorbed.