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Vitamin D For Dummies

Vitamin D For Dummies

Alan L. Rubin

ISBN: 978-1-118-00567-5

May 2011

292 pages



Your plain-English guide to the many benefits of Vitamin D

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.

Introduction 1

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

Index 255