Vitamin D-3 / 50 mcg(2,000 IU)
Vitamin D from Dr. Milton Mills
First off, despite what we have all been taught, vitamin D is technically not considered a vitamin—it’s a hormone. Dr. Milton Mills explains, “Cholecalciferol, or vitamin D3, is a hormone that plays a part in a number of biological functions such as bone metabolism, immune function, and mood and behavior regulation. It also helps protect against a higher risk of certain viruses and cancers.”
Dr. Mills is a renowned advocate of plant-based diets who practices urgent care medicine in Washington, DC and has served as Associate Director of Preventative Medicine on the National Advisory Board for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; in other words, he has the credentials to discern a vitamin from a hormone. The mix-up is similar to the universal acceptance that certain fruits—pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc—are called vegetables.
For the sake of this column and to avoid confusion, we’re going to stick with vitamin D.
Another crucial note: it is impossible to obtain the recommended daily amount of vitamin D through unprocessed food. It simply does not exist in the natural plant or animal kingdom
Other than sunlight and fortified foods, Dr. Mills recommended vitamin D3 supplementation.
“The further people are away from the equator, the more likely they are to need a vitamin D3 supplement. To get it from the sun requires exposure with more than 50% of the body