Vitamin D plays an essential role in maintaining gut health
A large number of American adults (93%, to be precise) are not getting enough vitamin D daily. Since many factors affect the body’s ability to synthesize vitamin D in the skin during sun exposure, a high-quality diet and supplementation are essential to achieving optimal vitamin D status (and even diet isn’t the most effective way to get enough vitamin D—more on that later).*
These sun-related confounders include time of day, time of year, location, skin tone, wearing SPF, air pollution, and even age. Combined with the reality of our lives, which take place mostly indoors, these factors make it unrealistic to get enough D from the sun.
When it comes to food sources of vitamin D, it’s not as simple as eating your vegetables. The only “vegetable” (it’s really a mushroom) that contains the essential nutrient is the irradiated mushroom, which is exposed to UV light to obtain its vitamin D2 (a significantly less potent form of vitamin D).
Other modest sources of D include a list of animal products (like cod liver oil and eggs) and fortified foods like milk, orange juice, and cereal. Everything is fine, but the problem arises when you consider How of these foods that you should actually consume for an optimal dose of 5,000 IU or more per day. According to mbg’s director of scientific affairs, Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., RDN, that shakes up to 294 cubes of cheddar cheese or 7 cups of irradiated mushrooms every day. (yuck!)
Unless you want to live on cubed cheese for the rest of your life, you might want to opt for an effective supplement that can do the trick, like mbg’s. power of vitamin D3+which provides 5,000 IU of sustainable D3 derived from organic seaweed and organic olive, avocado and flaxseed oils for optimal absorption, all in just one softgel daily.*