Requirements For Vitamin D
It has been found that bone loss in post menopause women
occurs mostly in the winter due to falling levels of vitamin D products in the blood. A winter intake from
fortified foods or supplements is strongly recommended to promote bone health. Winter intakes of about 15 ug
(micrograms) per day appear to be appropriate to prevent bone loss.
There is growing evidence that low vitamin D levels
contribute to cancer and auto immune disease. If we lived as we evolved - in the open nearer the equator - we
would synthesise vitamin D from sunlight equivalent to 100 ug (micrograms) or more per day and dietary intake
would be irrelevant.
Adult vegans obtain adequate vitamin D if they regularly
spend time outdoors in spring, summer and autumn. A dietary intake of the vitamin in the winter can be ensured
by eating fortified foods or taking supplements. In northern latitudes vegan women who are breast feeding
should ensure their intake during winter by using fortified foods or taking supplements. Parents are advised to
include vitamin D fortified foods or supplements if they wean their infants during the winter months,
especially if they are dark skinned.
information see Vegans and the Sunshine Vitamin (pdf), an article on vitamin D by Stephen Walsh, Nutrition and
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