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Quick Dose: How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

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Getting the right amount of vitamin D is important for your bone health, teeth and immunity against certain diseases. The amount you need is based on your age and other factors such as where you live, how much time you spend indoors and your ethnic background. Most healthy adults will need anywhere from 600 to 2,000 IUs daily, although sometimes higher doses are needed. Your best source is natural sunlight (even just 10 minutes on a sunny day can help) along with a well-balanced diet that includes foods rich in vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, cheese, fortified cereal, dairy products and fortified orange juice. Supplements can also be helpful to reach your daily recommended dose.

Marjorie Delaney, APN, NP, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Orthopaedic Services / Bone Health Clinic