It’s important to make sure you get the recommended daily value of vitamins and minerals each day so that you can stay healthy. One important vitamin you need every day is vitamin D. The necessary amount depends on your age. The Food and Nutrition Board has set a recommended amount of 600 IU (international units) for adults between the age of 19 and 70. There are two major forms of the vitamin: vitamin D2 (also known as ergocalciferol), and vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol).
You can obtain more of this vitamin when your skin is exposed to sunlight, through certain foods, and by taking vitamin supplements. It is key to overall health because it assists with the absorption of calcium in the gut. A lack of it can result in brittle, thin, or misshapen bones. You could also put yourself at risk for developing osteoporosis and diseases such as type 1 diabetes and Chron’s disease. However, it’s important to make sure you don’t get too much of a good thing. Too much in the blood could cause toxicity. Some signs of too much of the vitamin include constipation, loss of appetite, and nausea.