A growing body of research indicates that vitamin D previously thought to be important only for supporting healthy teeth and bones may be essential for enjoying good overall health and preventing disease.Some of the emerging benefits of vitamin D:

  • Vitamin D appears to block the growth of colon cancer.According to the nonprofit Vitamin D Council, colon cancer rates dropped as patients vitamin D levels rose.
  • Vitamin D may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies show a link between vitamin D deficiency and elevated coronary artery disease risk.
  • Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of premature death from all causes by 26 percent according to several studies, including a 2011 study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

According to Archives of Internal Medicine, about 41 percent of American men and 53 percent of American women are deficient in vitamin D.Talk to a Sams Club pharmacist about the potential need for vitamin D supplements.