Vitamin D: How the Sun Heals
September 17, 2008
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What Is Vitamin D?
- Although commonly called a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D is actually a prohormone" produced when the suns UV rays strike our skin and interact with cholesterol to produce vitamin D.
- Reducing heart disease risk factors by helping produce "a substantial decrease in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome."
- Helping control blood sugar as Higher [vitamin D blood levels] was associated with lower risk of diabetes in high-risk patients."
- Bone marrow Health that has included a 77% reduced risk of cancer in women who increased their daily vitamin D intake by 1100 IU
- Strength in the elderly as supplementing vitamin D 700-1000 IU a day reduced the risk of falling among older individuals by 19%.
The BEST Way to Get Vitamin D
- Because of the numerous risk factors for skin cancer and the increased time we now spend indoors increases our risks for sunburns when we do go out into the sun, supplements are the best way to get vitamin D.
Get Your Vitamin D Levels Tested
A great Weston A. Price article talks about how our genetics cause people absorb vitamin D differently so dose recommendations are not the same for everyone. Pay to get your vitamin D levels tested.
- The current vitamin D recommendations by the National Institute of Health range from 400 IU/day in infants to 800 IU/day in the elderly but many experts promote much higher levels (2,000-3,000 IU/day).
(Thanks to my brother Mike for the art work!)
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