Over the last few years a myriad of studies have suggested that vitamin D supplements can help individuals stave off certain medical conditions, including osteoporosis, heart disease and various cancers. New research has also indicated that a shockingly high percentage of Americans have insufficient serum levels of the nutrient.
During this time, however, the daily recommended intake of vitamin D has failed to increase. Currently, the United States urges individuals to consume between 200 and 600 IU of the nutrient each day, depending upon their age.
In a recent report Anthony Norman, an international nutritional expert, strongly advocates that U.S. and world health officials modify their vitamin D recommendations immediately.
He believes that increased vitamin D intake could lower the prevalence of childhood rickets, adult osteomalacia, autoimmune type-1 diabetes, cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and muscle weakness.
"A reduction in the frequency of these diseases would increase the quality and longevity of life and significantly reduce the cost of medical care worldwide," said Norman.
"It is high time that worldwide vitamin D nutritional policy, now at a crossroads, reflects current scientific knowledge about the vitamin’s many benefits and develops a sound vision for the future," he added.