Are you deficient in Vitamin D3? Vitamin D3 deficiency can result in Obesity, Type 2
Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia,
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis, &
Neuro-degenerative disease including Alzheimer’s Disease, and Cancer, especially breast,
and colon cancers.
Think about this for a second. In a 7 day period how much time do you really spend in the sun?
In most cases it's just minutes per week. The most common reasons for
Vitamin D3 deficiency
in the United States
relates to lack of exposure to SUNLIGHT.
Unfortunate Fact Of Our Current Times
Doctors mask symptoms, they don't cure anything.
If you take a pain killer for a headache, you still have a headache, you just
can't feel it anymore because the drug you took masked the symptom.
The question is, why do you have a headache? Every body ailment is a
symptom, you have to find out why you have the symptom, what is causing
it? Taking a drug does not fix anything. It just makes your symptoms go
away. The problem is still there. Body ailments are caused by a
deficiency in something your body needs. The ailment is a signal something is wrong.
Something To Keep In Mind
The last thing the pharmaceutical industry
wants is a bunch of
healthy people around. How are they going to make any money?
The pharmaceutical industry
spends billions of dollars a year
lobbying to get natural remedies taken off the
If pharmaceutical prescription drugs are so wonderful why
would they care?
About Vitamin D
the middle of February and most of us are spending more time indoors and getting
less daily sun exposure. When
don’t get enough sun, or supplement right, it's very easy to
in this essential nutrient.
When that happens, our health
a lot of
research out there talking about the importance of vitamin D,
can be very confusing.
Here's an overview of the sections they’ve
- What is vitamin D?
do I get it?
do I find out my vitamin D levels?
do I optimize my levels?
is vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that is closer
to a hormone, like cortisol or testosterone. This is important to note because
it means vitamin D has a deeper functionality than a simple vitamin
compound. There are tons of studies showing the importance of vitamin D.
Here are some of the findings.
Optimized vitamin D levels have been
mood and mental cognition
production of antimicrobials that reduce gut infections and skin
of inflammatory responses
of risk of osteoporosis by helping with assimilation and absorption of
rates of most cancers
rates of diabetes
risk of cardiovascular disease
risk of winter flu
levels of depression and seasonal
do I get my vitamin D?
can get vitamin D from three places: sun, food and supplements. Let’s start with
D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” and for good reason. Vitamin D3 or
“cholecalciferol” is produced photochemically when cholesterol in the skin is
exposed to sunlight.We spent most of our history as homo sapiens around
the equator soaking up all the vitamin D we needed from the sun. Even when some
of our ancestors traveled north, they increased their ability to absorb vitamin
D by developing fair skin with less melanin.Just twenty minutes of
direct sunlight on bare skin can produce more than 10,000 IU of vitamin D. IU
stands for International Units, a way to measure the impact and amount of
certain vitamins and drugs.
Small amounts of
vitamin D are available from food. It’s found in eggs and oily fish like salmon,
mackerel, and sardines. One egg contains around 20 IU while a can of sardines in
oil contains 250 IU. The highest food source of vitamin D3 is found in cod liver
oil. One tablespoon can provide up to 1360 IU.Overall,
the amount of vitamin D in food alone is not enough to resolve deficiencies or
maintain daily levels.
Foods have been supplemented with Vitamin D, but this has not resulted
in an overall increase in Vitamin D levels. This is likely because food
and supplement manufacturers rely on an inexpensive form of synthetic
Vitamin D called “ergocalciferol”- a form of Vitamin D2.
Eat foods high in Vitamin D3 including Cod liver oil, fortified milk,
salmon, mackerel, & sardines, egg yolks, beef liver. If you take
Vitamin D supplements make sure it is Vitamin D3 and not D2. Take
Vitamin D3 supplements with food.
we don’t get enough direct sun exposure, we don’t produce enough vitamin D.
Instead of sunlight being converted to cholecalciferol, we can supplement it
directly.There are two common types of supplemental vitamin D, D2 and
D3. Vitamin D2 supplements are called ergocalciferol and are grown from
mushrooms. Vitamin D3 supplements are made by exposing a certain type of
cholesterol to ultraviolet light, and then purifying it. The cholesterol is
produced from lanolin, a naturally-derived grease found in sheep wool.We
recommend supplemental vitamin D3 because it is more effective than D2.
How do I find out my vitamin D
Blood work can reveal your current levels of vitamin D.
You can find out your vitamin D levels in two simple ways:
1) Ask your
doctor to test for it
2) Use a service like directlabs.com to order the test
Doctors run a test that
looks for 25-hydroxy-vitamin-D or 25(0H)D for short.
It’s both the name of the
test and what they’re looking for.
Your liver converts
the D3 from supplements or the sun into 25-hydroxy-vitamin-D, a more active form
of vitamin D, and then circulates it throughout the body. Cells maintain a
baseline of 25(0H)D, so this becomes a reliable indicator of your vitamin D
level. Your level will be given in ng/ml or nanograms per
milliliter. Most doctors recommend lower levels of vitamin D. This is often
because they are basing their recommendations on antiquated
research. It's recommend that you aim to get your
ng/ml above 50, preferably between 50 and 60.
How do I
optimize my vitamin D levels?
For people living in the northern
United States and Canada, it is difficult to get enough sunlight exposure. But
even those in the south can still become deficient. Here is how you maintain
your vitamin D levels or correct a
The sun is the cheapest and
healthiest way to get your vitamin D. The challenge is making sure you get
enough sun exposure to reach optimal vitamin D levels. A lot of people
believe that getting 20 to 30 minutes of sun exposure on their face will give
them all the vitamin D they need. The research out there shows us this isn’t
true.Almost daily full-body exposure without sunscreen is necessary to
achieve optimal levels.
Even during the summer, when many of us are frequently
wearing swimsuits and sunbathing, we rarely get this type of exposure
daily.Some people also think that you can stock up on vitamin D by
spending long amounts of time in the sun. This idea also seems not to be true.
Studies have shown that after 30 minutes your body reaches equilibrium and any
more sun exposure does not increase your absorption of vitamin D3. So in this
case, more is not better.On top of that, if you have darker skin the
recommendation for sun exposure is 3x more than people with lighter skin (3 x 30
minutes), so it can be even more challenging to reach your optimal
levels.The sun is the best source of vitamin D, but as you can see all
these factors make supplementation, for at least part of the year,
For maintenance: Take
2,000 to 4,000 IU per day depending on the time of year. More in the winter,
less in the summer.To correct a deficiency: Take 5,000 to 10,000 IU
under a doctor’s supervision. Correcting a deficiency can take 6 to 12 months.
That’s why it is important to work with your doctor to monitor your vitamin D
levels.Note: If you’re taking high dosages (10,000 IU), have your doctor
also check your phosphorous, calcium and parathyroid hormone levels for
Increased vitamin D in blood adds years to life and helps prevent colon cancer
(NaturalNews) Just in case you needed more proof that low blood levels
of vitamin D represent a significant health concern, researchers
publishing in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
demonstrate that small increases in the sunshine vitamin can add
precious years to your life. For nearly a decade scientific evidence has
been mounting to show that the vast majorities of adults (and many
children) are grossly deficient in circulating blood levels of vitamin
D. Further proof is documented in the PLoS One journal to show
the precise cellular mechanism that helps vitamin D dramatically lower
the risk of colon cancer. The bottom line is simple: check your vitamin D
blood saturation with an inexpensive test and make the necessary
adjustments to live a healthier and longer life.
epidemiologic studies, Dr. W.B. Grant of the Sunlight, Nutrition and
Health Research Center in San Francisco found that doubling the serum
blood concentration of vitamin D could increase average life expectancy
by two years. Dr. Grant and his team identified the major diseases that
responded to increased levels of vitamin D. They then compared mortality
rates to six identified regions around the country, and contrasted
serum blood levels of the sunshine vitamin with disease occurrence.
compiling all the data, the researchers found that conditions and
diseases responsive to vitamin D that account for over half of the
world's mortality include cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
tuberculosis and respiratory diseases and infections. It was determined
that doubling the circulating level of vitamin D would lower the
mortality rates of diseases that are sensitive to vitamin D by
approximately 20 percent. Dr. Grant concluded: "several ways to raise serum vitamin D include food fortification, supplementation and increased ultraviolet B exposure."
have known for some time that low vitamin D levels are associated with a
significant increase in colon cancer cases, but they have not
understood the specific mechanism responsible. Now, scientists have
discovered how a lack of vitamin D promotes DNA damage and colon cancer
risk. Specifically, low vitamin D status instigates the development and
progression of this devastating form of cancer.
focused on a protein in intestinal epithelial cells called beta-catechin
that normally helps epithelial cells bond together with other cells to
form a protective barrier between the contents in your gut and the
physical structure of your digestive tract. They found that when vitamin
D is lacking, DNA synthesis is disrupted and beta-catechin builds up in
cells, dramatically increasing the risk of colon cancer initiation.
should be no doubt remaining that one of the most critical foundations
to vibrant health is maintaining proper vitamin D blood saturation
levels. Prevention is worth a pound of cure. So have your family
physician run the simple and inexpensive 25 (OH)D blood test
(alternatively, mail-in home testing is now a viable option), and be
certain your level runs between 50 and 70 ng/mL to add years to your
life and dramatically lower colon cancer and chronic disease risk.
Vitamin D Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
(NaturalNews) The array of undiscovered health benefits afforded by high
vitamin D intake is vast thanks to several new studies linking
deficiency in this important hormone to diabetes.
published in the journal Diabetes Care explains that a simple 25
nanomole per liter (nmol/L), or 10 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL),
increase in blood levels of vitamin D results in a roughly 24 percent
reduction in diabetes risk, while another study similarly reveals a
correlation between high blood levels of vitamin D and reduced risk of
Dr. Ken Sikaris and his colleague Zhong Lu, both of
which are pathologists at Melbourne Pathology in Australia, tested the
blood levels of 5,200 participants as part of their research. After
accounting for more than ten outside risk factors that may affect
outcomes, the duo found that participants with the highest blood levels
of vitamin D had a significantly reduced risk of developing type-2
diabetes compared to those with the lowest levels.
"It's hard to
underestimate how important this could be," said Dr. Sikaris concerning
the findings, inferring that vitamin D is an essential weapon in the
fight against diabetes.
In a related study, physician Anastassios
Pittas from Tufts University evaluated 2,039 people with high blood
sugar levels as part of her three year study, and found that every 12.5
nmol/L (5 ng/mL) increase in vitamin D levels resulted in an eight
percent decreased risk of developing diabetes.
the highest third of vitamin D levels, above 75 nmol/L (30 ng/mL), were
also 38 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those in the lowest
third, which averaged 32 nmol/L (13 ng/mL).
indications that vitamin D is of importance in glucose metabolism, and
that supplementation with vitamin D may increase both insulin secretion
and insulin sensitivity," writes a report at ClinicalTrials.gov in
response to this and other vitamin D research.