People need 10 times more bone-, teeth- and immune-system-building vitamin D every day than a major health group recommends, a new report revealed.
The Institute of Medicine recommends at least 600 units daily, but teams of American and Canadian scientists that analyzed the same data said the recommendation should be closer to 7,000 units.
“The error has broad implications for public health regarding disease prevention and achieving the stated goal of ensuring that the whole population has enough vitamin D,” Dr. Cedric Garland of the University of California, San Diego, said in a statement.
Vitamin D deficiency, which affects 42% of U.S. adults, has been linked to breast cancer, depression, diabetes and other health problems.
Ideally, people would get plenty of vitamin D from the sun, said Dr. John Cannell, a general practitioner and founder of The Vitamin D Council.
The paler a person’s skin, the less time he or she needs to sunbathe, he explained. It may take a fair-skinned person in Florida a few minutes to produce their daily dose, while someone with a darker complexion may need an hour of New York summer sunshine.
Source: ny daily news