Vitamin D For Dummies
Vitamin D is in the news every day, as new tests and studies reveal encouraging information about its power in maintaining good health and preventing major illnesses. No longer thought to just play a role in calcium intake and bone growth, Vitamin D has a host of other functions in the body, playing a role in prevention of serious diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as boosting immunity, improving athletic performance, losing weight, and more.
This hands-on, plain-English guide is perfect for anyone looking for helpful advice and information on the "nutrient of the decade."
- Coverage of how Vitamin D works, and how much is needed for disease prevention
- How and where to get sufficient amounts of the right kind of Vitamin D – from both your diet and nutritional supplements
- The best ways to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D
If you're looking to learn more about the many benefits Vitamin D can have on you and your family, you'll find everything you need right here.
Part I: The Life History of Vitamin D 5
Chapter 1: The Essentials of Vitamin D 7
Chapter 2: Finding Out If You Have Enough Vitamin D 21
Chapter 3: Considering Calcium 43
Part II: Key Roles of Vitamin D 55
Chapter 4: Facilitating Bone Growth and Strength 57
Chapter 5: Protecting the Immune System 79
Chapter 6: Preventing Cancer .99
Chapter 7: Safeguarding Your Heart 123
Chapter 8: Avoiding Diabetes and Related Conditions 137
Chapter 9: Looking at Other Possible Functions of Vitamin D 155
Chapter 10: Furthering Science’s Knowledge of Vitamin D 173
Part III: Getting Enough 179
Chapter 11: Getting Vitamin D from the Sun 181
Chapter 12: Getting Vitamin D from Food 201
Chapter 13: Getting Vitamin D from Supplements 211
Chapter 14: Appreciating Special Needs in Pregnant Women and the Elderly 221
Part IV: The Part of Tens 235
Chapter 15: Ten Myths Regarding Vitamin D 237
Chapter 16: Ten Possible New Functions of Vitamin D 247
Vitamin D is in the news every day, as new tests and studies reveal information about its power in maintaining good health and preventing major illnesses. No longer thought to just play a role in calcium intake and bone growth, the "nutrient of the decade" has a host of other functions in the body, playing a role in prevention of many serious diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Vitamin D has also been shown to assist in boosting immunity, improving athletic performance, losing weight, and more.
For readers seeking more information, Dr. Alan L Rubin’s Vitamin D For Dummies (Wiley, 978-0-470-89175-9, June 2011) is a timely resource to in understanding how the vitamin works, how much is needed for disease prevention, how and where to get sufficient amounts of the right kind of Vitamin D, and how to maintain healthy levels. Parents will also find helpful information on the importance of the vitamin to growing children and the healthiest ways to ensure kids are getting adequate amounts.
Exposure to too much sun can be harmful, but avoiding the sun limits the body's ability to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D For Dummies discusses the truth about sunscreen and UV absorption, as well as how much sun is enough (for any race or skin type), and how to reduce worries about skin cancers and other risks. Vitamin D can also be found in some foods, and milk is fortified with it as well. But if one is lactose intolerant, follows a vegan diet, or lives dairy-free, vital sources of Vitamin D are cut off. The book reveals alternative sources, including fish, fruits, and vegetables, as well as manufactured foods fortified with the vitamin. It also gives sound advice on which nutritional supplements provide sufficient amounts of Vitamin D.