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Your plain-English guide to the many benefits of vitamin D
Vitamin D is getting the attention of the healthcare community and the health-conscious for its power in maintaining good health. It's critical for how your body uses the nutrients calcium and phosphorus to build strong bones. It may also aid in the prevention of serious diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as boost immunity, promote healthy weight loss, and more. If you want to learn more about the many benefits of this amazing nutrient, you'll find everything you need right here.
Vitamin D 101 — understand what vitamin D is, see how it's formed in the body, and get tips for talking to your doctor about testing your body's vitamin D levels
Throw vitamin D a bone — discover the key roles of vitamin D, from facilitating bone growth and strength to protecting the immune system and safeguarding your heart
There's more where that came from — find out how you can get more vitamin D from the sun, which foods are rich in the vitamin, and the best way to add supplements (including when and how to take them)
Take special note — get the lowdown on the many benefits vitamin D holds for pregnant women and the elderly
Open the book and find:
What vitamin D is and why you need it
How vitamin D works in the body
Recommended levels for optimal health
Why it's important for children to get enough vitamin D
Guidelines for safe sun exposure to increase your body's production of vitamin D
Links between vitamin D and mental health
Ten myths regarding vitamin D
Vitamin D's role in protecting bones and preventing osteoporosis
Vitamin D's promising new role in preventing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
The best sources of vitamin D
How to maintain healthy vitamin D levels
In the last decade, an enormous amount of new research has shown that Vitamin D, once thought only to play a role in calcium intake and bone growth, has a host of other functions in the body and plays a role in prevention of many serious diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Vitamin D For Dummies provides readers with a timely resource to aid them in understanding the importance of this vitamin: how Vitamin D 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 Vitamin D levels.
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.
About the Author
Alan L. Rubin, MD has been a physician in private practice for more than 30 years. He is the author of several bestselling health titles, including Diabetes For Dummies, High Blood Pressure For Dummies, and Thyroid For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Life History of Vitamin D.
Chapter 1: The Essentials of Vitamin D.
Chapter 2: Finding Out If You Have Enough Vitamin D.
Chapter 3: Considering Calcium.
Part II: Key Roles of Vitamin D.
Chapter 4: Facilitating Bone Growth and Strength.
Chapter 5: Protecting the Immune System.
Chapter 6: Preventing Cancer.
Chapter 7: Safeguarding Your Heart.
Chapter 8: Avoiding Diabetes and Related Conditions.
Chapter 9: Looking at Other Possible Functions of Vitamin D.
Chapter 10: Furthering Science’s Knowledge of Vitamin D.
Part III: Getting Enough.
Chapter 11: Getting Vitamin D from the Sun.
Chapter 12: Getting Vitamin D from Food.
Chapter 13: Getting Vitamin D from Supplements.
Chapter 14: Appreciating Special Needs in Pregnant Women and the Elderly.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Myths Regarding Vitamin D.
Chapter 16: Ten Possible New Functions of Vitamin D.