Monday, January 11, 2016 12:00 PM


A pharmacy wall stocked with vitamins can be overwhelming to scan. So if you could incorporate only one into your routine, which should it be?

We put this question to Dr. Arielle Levitan and Dr. Romy Block, who penned "The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health."

"Vitamin D is probably the one, if we had to come up with one single vitamin that most people need to be taking to some extent," Levitan said.

It has an impressive resume, they promise.

"It's been proven to play a role in so many important things," Levitan said, "particularly in moods, in bone health ... heart disease, prevention of dementia." Vitamin D can also ease muscle aches and thinning hair.

Usually, the doctors explained, your body should synthesize vitamin D in your kidney and liver after sunlight exposure. But we rarely receive enough, especially in winter. And it's difficult to get a proper amount of vitamin D through foods.

Levitan and Block recommend looking for bottles that say USP or GMP, which denote trusted manufacturing standards.

But make sure you're getting the right amount. They suggest checking with a doctor. Too much can cause kidney stones, they note, and has been associated with higher ...

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