A Side Of Vitamin D
The benefits of vitamin D just keep on coming, from boosting testosterone levels to preventing diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and even the flu. Getting enough vitamin D is tricky, though. The best source is sunlight, but that can be too much of a good thing (and sunblock also prevents absorption of vitamin D). Most foods have too little vitamin D to make a difference, which leaves supplementation. Unlike vitamin C, which is water-soluble, vitamin D is fat-soluble, meaning you need to take it with a meal that contains some fat. And the bigger the meal the better, says new research from endocrinologists at the Cleveland Clinic. In a small study, the scientists found that the patients who took their vitamin D supplements with the biggest meal of the day exhibited the most optimal levels of vitamin D in the body.