Calcium And Vit D For More Than Healthy Bones
Calcium and vitamin D do more than promote healthy bones and teeth by just drinking milk and eating dairy products. Calcium and Vit D aid in weight loss, depression, maintains brain power, reduces asthma symptoms and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women and multiple sclerosis.
History Of The DRI
The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) was introduced in 1997 to broaden the scope of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA). The RDI is a system of nutritional guidelines based on the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), included in the guidelines are the Estimated Average Requirements (EAR) and the RDA. The intended use of the DRIs is to provide the United States and Canadian governments with baseline nutritional guidelines.
Nutrition baseline standards began with the development of the RDA during World War II. The Food and Nutrition Board was formed in 1941 to investigate food issues that might interfere with defense issues and standards were set for soldiers, civilians and over seas populations who might need food. The recommended allowances were designed to provide optimal nutrition and included a safety margin, and based on the food sources available during war.
The DRI Calcium and Vitamin D report, November 2010 reaffirmed the fact that calcium and vitamin D are nutrients vital to
building healthy bones. Researchers also looked to see if calcium and vitamin D could prevent diseases, improve mental health and physical performance. They reviewed data on cancer, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, falls, immune response, neuro-psychological functioning, physical performance, preeclampsia and reproductive. The committee deemed the studies inconclusive and not reliable for benefits beyond bone health.
Interestingly, the report said that intake of vitamin D from the sun was varied greatly among people and since everyone is warned to limit sun exposure to avoid skin cancer, and stayed in doors the majority of the day, they committee assumed the recommendation of minimal sun and a vitamin D supplement 600 International Units (IU).
Not mentioned in the report is Vitamin D’s role as an immune system regulator and boost the immune system against the common cold, reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, maintain brain power in later life, reduce asthma symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis in women, adequate levels reduce risk of developing cancer compared to people with lower levels, aid in weight loss and depression.
Benefits of calcium include – regulating the heart, fat metabolism, energy production, prevention of breast cancer, premature heart disease, periodontal disease, bowel cancer, lowers cholesterol, prevents muscle cramps, keeps skin healthy, and resists lead absorption in bones especially children.
Are You Getting Enough
Find your nutrient levels with these interactive tools. Interactive DRI.
Foods Rich In Calcium Are:
- collard greens
- soy milk
- fortified orange juice
- sesame seeds
- rice milk
Foods Rich In Vitamin D Are:
- Shiitake and Button Mushrooms
- Sockeye Salmon
- Tuna fish
- Cod Liver Oil
Calcium and Vit D are critical nutrients for the body to function optimally. Be sure you’re getting enough to match your daily needs and start eating healthy today!
- Vitamin D in high doses may help prevent bone fractures – International News (sfluxe.com)