Q: Which foods are good source of vitamin D?
Very few food products are good source of vitamin D like cod liver oil, cheese, egg yolk.
Vitamin D is formed under our skin when we are exposed to sun.
Sun exposure drom 10 am to 3pm atleast twice a week for 10-30 minutes can help prevent vitamin deficiency.
Q: Why should one take vitamin D?
With current lifestyle, we are all based indoors in air conditioned offices, houses and cars; with hardly any exposure to the sun.
This is leading to increased vitamin D deficinecy in all age groups and more fractures, mucle weakness.
There is lot of research happening suggesting that vitamin D may have role in preventing onset of diabetes, cancers like colon, breast, help build immunity.
Q: This is health supplement, can it be harmful if I take it too much?
Yes taking too much can be harmful. There is a misconception that too much of vitamins is not harmful.
When taken in excess or in high doses for too long excessive vitamin D and calcium can cause overdose.
Overdose can cause loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, kidney stones, bone pain, excessive thirst, increased calcium in blood, urine, muscle weakness, irregular heart beat.
If you think you have taken too much of this medicine, stop taking it and contact your doctor immediately