Vitamin D can help protect your bones, brain and heart and lower your risk for sickness, disease and even death.
And maybe that's why some people don't want you to have it.
As you've probably heard by now, the Institute of Medicine has unveiled its new recommendations for vitamin D--and they're not just off the mark.
Without conducting a single study of its own, the Institute declared that most Americans and Canadians get plenty of vitamin D and don't need supplements, despite clear evidence to the contrary.
And while the Institute claims to have looked at around 1,000 studies to come up with its recommendations, they clearly left a few out:
But you don't need to be an alternative health radical to realize that's not enough.
Just check in with the Harvard School of Public Health, which responded to the new recommendations by reaffirming its own advice: Between 1,000 and 2,000 IU per day for most people over the age of 2, with some needing up to 4,000 IU per day depending on all those other factors I mentioned.
The bottom line is that vitamin D is the most important single nutrient you could take. Recent studies have found it can help fight depression, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even the flu--and it's no surprise that all of those conditions are on the rise as our D levels fall to new lows.
So for failing us on one of the biggest and most anticipated nutritional recommendations in recent years, the Institute of Medicine doesn't just get a "D" on this.
They've earned an F.