5 reasons you should be taking your Vitamin D 08/01/12

Vitamin D is a fat soluble hormone that is found in all of our cells.  Our bodies can make Vitamin D from the sunlight; however, many of us do not spend enough time out doors and when we do we are covered in sunscreen.

Numerous studies have shown that many Americans are chronically low in Vitamin D and this is true for adults and children.  In fact it is estimated that at least 30% and as much as 80% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient.

Another study showed that nearly 50% of young girls in Maine were Vitamin D deficient in the winter time.

 

The normal range for Vitamin D is anywhere from 30 – 150 ng/ml.  I believe strongly that anything below 50 is too low

So why do we need Vitamin D?

  1. Bone Health
  2. Immune Booster
  3. Cancer Prevention
  4. High Blood Pressure
  5. Asthma

Bone Health –  Vitamin D is needed for the absorption of calcium into the bones

  • One study showed that elderly patients in a nursing home, who consumed more Vitamin D fell less often than those residents that did not consume Vitamin D.
  •  Another study showed that both people in and out of nursing homes fell on average 20% less when they supplement with Vitamin D

Immune Booster – Vitamin D is needed to stimulate the immune cells that help protect us viruses like the cold and the flu.

In fact some people call the cold & flu season the Vitamin D deficiency season because people rarely go outside during the winter and when they do, they are all covered up

  • One study looked at women who consumed 2,000 IU of Vitamin D versus those that did not.  The women that did not consume Vitamin D had significantly more colds and flu versus the women that did take Vitamin D over the course of 3 years

Decreases Cancer Risk

  • A 2008 a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that calcium and Vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of all forms of cancer in women by 60%
  • Studies have shown that 1000 IU daily of Vitamin D can reduces the risk of cancer (breast, colorectal, ovarian, and prostate) by 50%

High Blood Pressure

  • Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with high blood pressure and a higher incidence of hypertension (high blood pressure)

Asthma

  • The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported that pregnant mothers who had higher levels of Vitamin D could reduce the risk of their children having asthma by almost 40%.
  • Another study found that in children who use inhaled corticosteroid (Advair, Duelar, Symbicort, Flovent, etc.) had poorer lung function when their Vitamin D levels were low versus when their Vitamin D levels were in the adequate range.
  • A study looking at children in Peurto Rico found that Vitamin D insufficiency was associated with severe asthma attacks.
  •  Another study looking at school aged children showed that children that consumed 1,200 IU of Vitamin D on daily basis were 42% less likely to get a cold or the flu and those children that had asthma had a 17% less chance of having an asthma attack.
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One Wellness Place Vitamin D 5000 IU Tabs

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Helps promote bone health, immune system balance, boosts the immune system, and may help prevent cancers

Each tablet provides 5000 IU of Vitamin D3

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