Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Big D

No, this post is not about Dallas.

It's not about defense either (although defense does win games).

It's about Vitamin D.

You know, the vitamin that's found in fish, eggs, and fortified milk.

The vitamin that may reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

Here's the news.

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the recommended dose of vitamin D for infants, children and adolescents from 200 IU (international units) to 400 IU.

If you can't get enough in your daily diet (and by spending 10+ minutes outside in the sunlight each day), then you should take a vitamin that has the new, increased amount in it.

But how is this going to help my crossover? My jumper?

It's not.

But it may decrease your risk for osteoporosis as an adult (women are 4 times more likely to develop brittle bones as men) and it may also help prevent infections, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and diabetes.

That should be a good enough reason for you to make sure you're getting enough of the Big D every day.

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