• Calvin Mcduffie

Why Are Minorities More Subject To Vitamin D3 Deficiency?

Updated: Apr 15



For some reason, every winter I get down. I get stressed, feel depressed, and feel overall down. Why? The sun is our main source of Vitamin D3. Without the sun it's easy to become vitamin D3 deficient. Especially for some of us.

We have an ongoing deficiency with Vitamin D3, especially among minorities.

It's not from the food we eat, or any characteristic than the fact it is harder for darker skin to turn sunlight into Vitamin D3.

Minorities(1), including, but not limited to American Indians, African Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans and Hispanic Americans(2) all test lower in Vitamin D3 than their European counter parts.

Unlike Vitamin D2, which we get in our food, Vitamin D3 is mainly absorbed by the sun. How could their be a Vitamin D3 Deficiency?


So Today, We Are Talking About

-Why is it harder for minorities to get Vitamin D3?

-What effects does it have?

-How do we supplement Vitamin D3?

-What are Vitamin D3 Deficiency Symptoms?

The way we absorb Vitamin D3 through our skin gets more difficult the darker our complexion. It's causing Vitamin D3 Deficiency.

A lot more difficult.

VitaminDCouncil.org states:

"Your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight...and This happens very quickly; around half the time it takes for your skin to begin to burn. This could be just 15 minutes for a very fair skinned person, yet a couple of hours or more for a dark skinned person."(3)


Melanin, not race, is what determines skin colors. It also acts as a protectant against UV rays, making it harder to convert UV rays to Vitamin D3. Causing vitamin D3 deficiency.

This is extremely important in choosing what we decide to supplement with and what supplements we decide to give to give to our children.


Rule of Thumb:

The less sunscreen you need, the more sunlight required to meet your nutritional requirements to avoid Vitamin D3 Deficiency.



Is a Vitamin D3 Deficiency a big deal, What does Vitamin D3 do?

Vitamin D3 is considered a pro-hormone not a vitamin.(4)Vitamin D3 is needed to absorb calcium and promote bone growth.(5)


In Children, Vitamin D3 is responsible for developing bones and teeth.

In Adults, Vitamin D3 is responsible for maintaining them.





In Adults and Children Alike, Vitamin D3 is is used to protect against cancer, type 1 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and multiple sclerosis. It also blocks the release of the parathyroid hormone. This hormone reabsorbs bone tissue, which makes bones thin and brittle. Find out how to increase growth hormone here.

Vitamin D3 also has a significant role in:

-Regulating Your Insulin Management.

-Immune System Health.

-Lung and Heart Function.

-Bone and Teeth Health.


What Dose is Recommended to Avoid Vitamin D3 Deficiency?

Vitamin D3 intake Varies by Age but the Insititute of Medicine reccomends(6):

Infants 0 - 6 months

Recommended Dietary Allowance (IU/day): 400 Upper Level

Recommended Intake (IU/day): 1,000

Infants 6 - 12 months

Recommended Dietary Allowance (IU/day): 400 Upper Level Recommended Intake (IU/day): 1,500

1 - 3 years old

Recommended Dietary Allowance (IU/day): 600 Upper Level Recommended Intake (IU/day): 2,500

4 - 8 years old

Recommended Dietary Allowance (IU/day): 600 Upper Level Recommended Intake (IU/day): 3,000

9 - 70 years old

Recommended Dietary Allowance (IU/day): 600 Upper Level Recommended Intake (IU/day): 4,000

Over 70 years old

Recommended Dietary Allowance (IU/day): 800 Upper Level Recommended Intake (IU/day): 4,000

14 - 50 years old, pregnant/lactating

Recommended Dietary Allowance (IU/day): 600 Upper Level Recommended Intake (IU/day): 4,000

Source: Institute of Medicine, released 11/30/2010


Who is Vitamin D3 Deficient?

(7&8)The fact is most minorities are Vitamin D3 Deficient.The troubling part is that it shows up in our long term health. When you don't have the key player in insulin management you get diabetes as a result.

Diabetes Related Statistics

-The fifth leading cause of Death in Asian Americans is diabetes.

-American Indians are at 3.5 times higher risk of diabetes-related kidney failure than the rest of the US.

-11.8% of Hispanic Americans, 20 years or older have been diagnosed with diabetes, and are around 66% higher than European Americans.

-African Americans are at 77% higher risk of getting diabetes than White Americans.

The number of minorities with Vitamin D3 deficiency and Vitamin D3 deficiency related illness, is WAY too high.


Outdoor activities like playing soccer, or walking increase sun absorption.


What is the Best Vitamin D3 Supplement?

We can only get Vitamin D3 two ways, to increase sun absorption and to take a Vitamin D3 supplement.

We recommend a Vitamin D3 by Garden of Life. This product is a whole food vitamin and it has added probiotics and enzymes to increase absorption. We use it because it is safe to use and it works.


The Garden of Life 2,000 IU is recommended in the previous articles. From 9-70 years old, It is recommended we get at least 4,000 IU's daily.


Garden of Life also has a D3 spray. The spray is 1,000 IU's and allows you the control to take a lesser amount.

Vitamin D3 is one of many nutrients our bodies need to survive and to live healthy,We as adults need it and our children need it. The sun is going to be our greatest source but we also need to supplement with it.


Even if you don't show Vitamin D3 deficiency symptoms you should still get tested.

This is even more important for minorities, who have melanin in their skin. The added melanin makes it harder to absorb Vitamin D3. It's easy to get tested, your doctor can have your blood drawn and you get your results fast. If you have Vitamin D3 Deficiency symptoms.get tested.



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Cited Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3093445/

2. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/33/6/1373

3 https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/

4 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

5. https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/the-truth-about-vitamin-d-why-you-need-vitamin-d

6. https://my.clevelandclinic.org

7.https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/race-and-ethnicity-clues-to-your-heart-disease-risk

8.https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/the-truth-about-vitamin-d-why-you-need-vitamin-d

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