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Vitamin D Recommendations Tripled

December 6, 2010 by  

Vitamin D Recommendations TripledOn Nov. 20, the Institute of Medicine released a report that said Americans from 9 to 70 need 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D a day. That recommendation triples the previous recommended dietary allowance of 200 IUs. The report also stated that those 71 and older may need as much as 800 IUs.

In addition to increasing the daily amount of vitamin D, the report also doubled the amount of vitamin D that people in the 9 to 70 age group can safely take per day, from 2,000 to 4,000 IUs.

Researchers also dealt with calcium, another important element in bone health, stating that children from 1 to 3 should receive 700 milligrams per day, children 4 to 8 should receive 1,000 milligrams per day, adolescents 9 to 18 should receive 1,300 milligrams per day, and  adults from 19 to 50 (or 70 for men) should receive 1,000 milligrams per day. Beginning at age 51, women should receive 1,200 milligrams. That same level was recommended for both men and women older than 71.

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  • Tom Wilcox

    Getting closer, they’re maximum dose is now almost enough. Get informed.

    • easybucks

      I take 20,000IU of vitamin D3 per day. No illnesses in YEARS. No side effects either….and D3 is cheap.

      • Cindy in Amarillo

        Should I get my D3 from a compounding pharmacy or is over the counter just as good? And… what is D3? Is that different from plain vitamin D?

        • Richard Pawley

          Not entirely sure of the differences but D-3 is what your body makes when you are out in the sun without sunscreen on. Thity minutes at high noon in a swim suit would give you about 20,000 IU. However I have read that D-2 is a synthetic and that this is what some get when they get a prescription. I find the most reasonable place to buy (if you know what you want) is from

  • Thomas Phillips

    What’s healthy and unhealthy gets more confusing in my dotage. I read an article a week or two ago (I wish that I remembered the source)that warned that there was a danger of people overdosing on vitamin D supplements. In my lifetime the question of whether caffeine is good for you has gone back and forth like a ping pong ball. What to do – What to do?

    • Richard Pawley

      Look into the actual studies. Up to three cups of coffee a day has been shown to be helpful. More than three cups a day starts to be harmful. A good source for such information on this and similar health and nutritional information is listed in the next posting below. Just be aware that Dr. Mercola sells a few items that he and his own family use to raise money to fend off the lawsuits from the big agribusiness and big pharmaceutical companies for revealing what he does about their products. I’ve learned a lot from him over the years and he is not afraid to point out that something has changed or that new knowledge occasionally replaces what used to be known. I recommended his web-site in my last book and over 100,000 health professionals get it and it’s free. You can even join (also free) at a deeper level and contribute as we do here. Since well over a million receive his newsletter he wants to be sure that his computer is not being attacked.

  • Tom Wilcox

    Here is Dr. Mercola’s video, it’s a bit borring unless you actually listen, then it’ll blow you away!!

  • Joseph C Moore, USN Ret

    The vitamin you really need is [D-3].
    There should be no additives or oils.
    The minimum RDA is 2,000 mg’s.
    Go to Mercola’s site for his recommendations.

  • Diane

    Here’s the real scoop on Vitamin D, specifically, Vitamin D-3:

  • John

    Your body can make up to 50,000 IUs of vitamin D in one day when exposed to UV light. This includes the light from an indoor suntanning machine or sunlight.


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