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More Vitamin D Research You Need To Know

I appreciate Dr. Mercola's article today entitled "Vitamin D Supplement Mistake.  He shares the results of a large study that included 94,000 participants who were supplementing their Vitamin D serum levels.  The findings are rather remarkable and worthy of summery.

 

  • A meta-analysis of 50 trials looking at mortality rates for “doctor recommended” synthetic vitamin D2 supplements versus natural vitamin D3 shows a six percent risk reduction among those who used D3, compared to a two percent increased risk among those who used D2

 

  • Research shows vitamin D3 is approximately 87 percent more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2- to 3-fold greater storage of vitamin D than does D2. D3 is also converted into its active form 500 percent faster

 

  • Optimizing your vitamin D levels may be one of the most important steps you can take in support of your long-term health. The ideal way to do this is by exposing large amounts of skin to sunlight or a safe tanning bed, but if you need to use an oral supplement, make sure you’re taking vitamin D3.

 

  • The most important factor is your vitamin D serum level, which should ideally be between 50-70 ng/ml. When taking an oral vitamin D supplement, you should take enough to reach and maintain this therapeutic level. As a generic guideline, adults need to take about 8,000 IU’s a day to reach this level.

    Because Vitamin D serum levels lower than the optimal levels have been noted in more than 30 diseases and disorders it is valuable to have your vitamin D level tested and treated if necessary.  Some of these diseases/disorders are as follows:  Cancer, diabetes, asthma, depression, muscle aches, inflammatory bowel disorder, hypertension, heart disease, periodontal (gum) disease, infertility and migraine headaches. Editor's Note: Learn more about a holistic approach to cancer treatment. In a previous blog entitled "Is It the Blahs or SAD" (seasonal affect disorder) I wrote, Supplement your sun.  This can be done in a few different ways.  First and foremost it is import to have your Vitamin D levels checked.  In the summer months being in the sun between 10 AM and 2PM for even a short amount of time can give you up to 20,000 IU of Vit D absorbed through your skin.  But, this time of year, we leave for work or school in the dark and return home in the dark.  The daily recommended dose of Vit D we need, approximately 8,000 IU daily, just isn’t going to happen.  For those suffering with SAD we need to make sure the Vitamin D levels are not just in the normal zone but in the optimum zone so they will get the maximum benefit from this potent vitamin.  This can only accurately be determined by a blood test. Give us a call today so we can arrange for you to have your Vitamin D levels tested, giving you a healthy boost in your wellness plan.

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