Vitamin D - It's
That Nobody Wants to Tell You About It
Yet It's So Essential that You're Probably Sick
Because You Aren't Getting
Sure, you've heard that Vitamin D builds strong bones. You may even
know that you might not be getting enough of it in winter.
But to say that this is just the tip of the iceberg about what vitamin
capable of is to wear this old cliche thin.
You see, vitamin D is responsible for regulating over
2000 genes in your body. Yet the current recommendations about how much
vitamin D you
should getting, along with the warnings about "Vitamin D poisoning" are almost
criminal. I'll explain below.
Vitamin D supports the following functions:
- Healthy sleep patterns
- Healthy mood and feelings of well-being
- Heart health
- Cell formation and cell longevity
- Healthy skin
- Pancreatic health
- Aging process
- Reproductive health
- Athletic performance
- Eye health
- Vascular system health
- Respiratory health
- Immune health...
- Weight management, including carbohydrate and fat metabolism
- Hair and hair follicles
- Strong and healthy bones, because vitamin D encourages calcium uptake
- Proper digestion and food absorption
Furthermore, vitamin D prevents cancer, including skin and breast cancer and
shrinks enlarged prostrate (in men). Low vitamin D levels probably are a
primary reason that colds and flu spread so easily throughout the population in
winter since the immune system is so compromised.
Unless you're living in the extreme southern part of the United States,
you're probably not getting enough vitamin D. And don't expect a couple
of glasses of milk, or even a multi-vitamin to help much. Recent research now puts the
suggested daily dose of vitamin D for OPTIMUM health at 5,000 IU per day.
The current recommendation is for 400 IU per day. This is one twenty-fifth as
much as you need. Even a 1000 IU pill is still 1/5 as much as you need.
In fact, for decades you've been told that if you take
thousands of IUs,
you risk destroying your liver. I hope the low recommended
daily allowance (RDA) of 400 IU was set in ignorance. If that's the case,
then this is a great case study on how poorly funded health science can be when
there is no profit to be made. You see, vitamin D is quite inexpensive and there
is no way to patent it or otherwise create a profitable monopoly.
The low vitamin D RDA has lead to decades of chronic
vitamin D deficiency for most of us. The resulting increase in disease
this has caused is mind boggling. It's likely that all the wars that have taken
place since the low RDA has been set have killed fewer people than the forced
vitamin D deficiency during this time.
As a result of these criminally low recommendations for vitamin D intake,
it's likely that you're not as healthy as you should be in winter.
What to do? You could get more sun. For a
Caucasian person, 20
minutes of near noontime sun over a mostly uncovered body should take care of
it. What about the risk of skin cancer? It turns out that low
vitamin D levels cause 25 times as much cancer as the skin cancer that you might
get from the sun.
Still, you don't have to get your vitamin D from the sun; you can get
it from a pill. Recommendations from leading
vitamin D researchers such as Dr. Reinhold Vieth suggest taking as much as 5000 IU
However, you should not do so without getting your blood
levels tested. The new optimum blood level for vitamin D is 80-120 nmol/L.
Note that there is currently a controversy about whether a common test, done by
Quest Laboratories, measures vitamin D accurately.
By the way, you don't have to take vitamin D every
day. You could just take it once a week or once a month. I take
35 (5 x 7) pills every Sunday during winter because it's easier for me to remember to
take it once a week instead of every day.
Vitamin D can be stored in your body for months.
However, in most of the United States you are likely to become deficient in
Vitamin D during the winter and early spring.
Also, it's easy to find 2000 IU pills, but if you don't
want to swallow so many pills, there are sources for 50,000 IU pills such as Bio-Tech D3-50 50,000 IU pills from Amazon.com
Note: I have no financial interest in this source.
Let me know if you found this article helpful and if
there is anything I should add to it.
To your health