Expert: Vitamin D Recommendations Don’t Reflect Current Scientific Knowledge


Expert: Vitamin D recommendations don't reflect current scientific knowledge 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.

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.