The big “D”
SIt is well known that vitamin D is essential for bone growth and health. Some studies have shown that vitamin D also may play a role in the prevention of breast, prostate and colon cancer. However, very few foods in nature contain vitamin D; rather, the best source is exposure to the sun. The Institute of Medicine recommends 1,000 to 2,000 International Units (IUs) of vitamin D per day from all sources. This may require a supplement, particularly one that contains vitamin D3.