Vitamin D3 is crucial vitamin for everyone. No exceptions. This vitamin acts as not only a vitamin but a hormone and enzyme in the body.
Why use it?
What your levels should be?
Between 50-80 nanograms per milliliter. The average American's D3 level is 20. Traditional MDs and labs will say your range needs to be between 20-100 which is a huge range. In order for your body/immune system to do anything listed above your levels need to be at a minimum 50.
New Evidence that supports why your children should also be tested
Pediatricians don't typically do blood work on children but the American Heart Association completed research this summer that concluded low vitamin D levels in children have a 60% higher risk of developing high blood pressure in later childhood/adolescent (6-18 yrs). If the child had consistently low vitamin D3 levels the chance of developing high blood pressure doubled. High Blood Pressure leads to all sorts of cardiovascular illnesses. As parents it's our responsibility to foster our children's health so they can thrive and become healthy, productive adults.
When & what to get tested:
December- January is the best time to get your family's vitamin D3 levels. If it was low begin supplements and have it retested in April-May.
Ask your PCP for a test called 25-hydroxy vitamin D testing OR just tell them you want to test vitamin D3 levels.
Foods to help boost vitamin D3 levels:
Most children don't eat anything on this list so supplementation is a must!
Kids Option 2
Adults Option 1
Adults Option 2