Wow, wow, wow! Do you get overwhelmed with all of the options for good health? I know I do. Traditionally, I use to take just a multiple vitamin, knowing it may do nothing but also that it might just supplement the gaps in my quite decent diet. That was it for the most part and with no health issues, it worked.
I still prefer to not take a lot of meds, granted I am on a clinical trial that infuses my body with hope! One quick thought I want to share is that if you have melanoma or are at risk for having melanoma, or just want to be careful in the sun, vitamin D might be a good consideration.
Why Vitamin D3? To avoid skin cancer, we seek shade, wear appropriate sun shielding clothes, and wear sunscreen. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is created in our bodies through our skin and is essential to bone, skin, immune system, and general good health and feeling energetic. If we are watching our “sun intake”, we must find other ways to put Vitamin D in our bodies.
Cod Liver Oil? Can’t Do IT!
Food is one option with many fish providing us with a good source of oil and Vitamin D. Here are some food options and the Vitamin D level for you:
- cod liver oil, 1 tablespoon: 1,360 IU
- herring, fresh, raw, 4 ounces: 1,056 IU
- swordfish, cooked, 4 ounces: 941 IU
- raw maitake mushrooms, 1 cup: 786 IU
- salmon, sockeye, cooked, 4 ounces: 596 IU
- sardines, canned, 4 ounces: 336 IU
- fortified skim milk, 1 cup: 120 IU
- tuna, canned in water, drained, 3 ounces: 68 IU
- egg, chicken, whole large: 44 IU
For most of us, eating foods that give us a reasonable amount of Vitamin D is not realistic. I LOVE fish, eggs, mushrooms, and most everything listed above (okay, I will never be okay with cod liver oil!). The problem is that I don’t eat enough of any of it. Now that I am sun shy, I need to take a supplement.
Options Are a Good Thing!
A dermatologist recommended Vitamin D3 to me and suggested 2-3 capsules a day, each 1,000 IU. Mayo Clinic has a similar recommendation though there are many different recommendations online. Talk to your doctor and determine if taking Vitamin D3 is right for you and what amount suits your health needs.
So many things to consider when a cancer patient. I don’t intend to stay inside and hide, but skin cover is a part of the life. Vitamin D is one easy way to take care of my body while having sunsmarts! Do you take vitamin D supplements and how much? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!
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We can-cer vive!