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5 Easy Ways to Get More Vitamin D

Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 07:30 AM

Vitamin D is the new "It" vitamin — the one that pretty much fixes everything. Not one, not two, but at least five recent studies found that it has wide-ranging benefits, from keeping your bones and heart healthy to reducing the risk of breast and other cancers.

Up to half of women, however, don’t get enough of the vitamin. Many experts agree that young women should aim for 800 to 1,000 IUs a day. (An IU, or international unit, is the standard used to measure vitamins like D, A, and E.) You can get what you need from a daily supplement or by adding more vitamin D–rich foods like these to your diet.


One 3.5-ounce serving has 360 IUs of vitamin D — a little less than half the daily intake experts recommend.

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