A study from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center found there is a correlation between low mood, poor memory, depression, and problem-solving amongst people with low levels of vitamin D.
The reasons to be sure you have adequate levels of this vitamin are numerous, especially as you grow older. It is found to be protective against certain kinds of cancers. It is essential for keeping up bone density and thus preventing osteoporosis and life-threatening hip fractures. It can improve your mood, memory, and overall brain function.
It is estimated at least half of adults are vitamin D deficient. Even if you think you get plenty of sun, if you wear sunscreen while outside, you probably aren’t! I live in southern Arizona where the sun shines 350 days a year, so imagine how surprised I was to learn I was low in vitamin D! 😯
Getting 20 minutes of sun exposure on large surface areas of your body, such as arms or legs, twice a week should be enough. But this must be without sunscreen. Since this is impossible for most people to do year round, consider taking a supplement. Sublingual ones seem to work the best and you want to take at least 500 mg. per day.
So next time you want to go golfing, you can honestly say you have to do it to improve memory and increase bone density! 😉