For years, there has been debate as to how much Vitamin D is needed in the diet to prevent deficiencies, and recently the recommended levels were officially increased. The following chart reflects the recent changes:
|Age Group||Previous Recommendation||New Recommendation|
|1-50 years||200 IU||600 IU|
|51-70 year||400 IU||600 IU|
|71 years and up||600 IU||800 IU|
|2,000 IU||2,500-4,000 IU
For more information about the importance of Vitamin D and how to meet needs with the diet, check out my previous post “Vitamin D and Bone Health”. For more information about the current recommendations, click here to see the Institute of Medicine article entitled “Dietary Referance Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D”.