A New Look at Vitamin D
Vitamin D, for years known as the “sunshine” vitamin, is now being recognized by the medical community for the powerhouse that it is. It’s one of the most important nutrients in the body.
Every major organ, is influenced by Vitamin D. A small deficiency can seriously impair the functioning of the immune system causing a multitude of physical problems. It is a natural antiviral and Vitamin D response elements (VDRE’s) assist in the production of natural antibiotics within the body.
Body fat acts as a storage battery for Vitamin D, releasing it as needed to regulate calcium and phosphorus absorption by the body. This plays a vital role in maintaining proper bone structure.
Recent studies now find that Vitamin D dramatically reduces the risk of 70 types of cancer including breast, colon, lungs and blood. This is a major breakthrough in Vitamin D research.
Listed below are some of the physical ailments which studies confirm Vitamin D can prevent, alleviate or cure:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Cold and Flu
Weakness in older people
Increased likelihood of macular degeneration in older people
Mood swings and poor balance in older people
Symptoms of autoimmune disease
Bone loss in older people
Vitamin D has been shown to be an effective topical treatment for psoriasis. It slows aging by reducing levels of inflammation and body stress. Asthmatics are helped by Vitamin D because it improves lung function and causes a better response to treatment.
Back symptoms improved 95% in patients who took high doses of Vitamin D for 3 months under their doctor’s supervision. It also reduces the likelihood of hip fractures.
Heart attacks and stroke are a leading cause of death today. Vitamin D reduces risk of angina, heart attack and stroke. It provides protection against peripheral artery disease (PAD) which causes fatty deposits in the arteries to affect circulation to the legs, causing numbness, pain and sometimes amputation.
Migraines caused by hormonal imbalances are reduced by helping the body absorb calcium. Pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence and tooth loss from periodontal disease and inflammation are improved by Vitamin D supplementation.
The best ways to get Vitamin D naturally are by getting 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight daily and eating fish or seafood 3 times a week.
Unfortunately, because we spend so much of our time indoors and the foods we eat are denatured most modern people are deficient in Vitamin D and will need supplementation. The next time you visit your doctor and get blood work ask your physician to have your Vitamin D3 levels checked, it could be the best thing you do for your health.
Dr. Michael Holick, M.D., director of the Bone Health Care Clinic at Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. John Connell, M.D., director of the Vitamin Council
Denise K. Houston, PhD, RD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, North Carolina.
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