Vitamin D: Critical For Bone and Immune Health!

by Steven Carney on May 24, 2012

You’ve probably heard of vitamin D, “The Sunshine Vitamin.” That’s because 15-30 minutes in the sun (depending on latitude, skin color, clothing) can help you generate about 10,000 IUs (International Units) of vitamin D, an amount that can supply your needs for several days.

A few challenges to this internal production is whether sun screen is used (they block UV rays to help prevent skin cancer), and whether you have sufficient cholesterol. Your liver and kidneys also contribute to the usable form of vitamin D.

Vitamin D is more of a hormone regulator than a typical vitamin. Besides its critical role in keeping bones healthy (along with calcium and other vitamins and minerals), it also plays a key role in your immune function, inflammation, and more. When people have lower levels of vitamin D, they tend to have more health issues, including:

  • Cardiovascular and blood pressure problems
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cognition/thinking problems
  • And more!

A recent Dr. Oz show indicated that up to 70% of Americans may be deficient in Vitamin D intake. And studies have shown that all-cause mortality is reduced significantly for higher vs. lower levels of vitamin D. Almost every cell in the body recognizes it! Vitamin D may even help with weight loss!

What are the newest guidelines?

The only way to know your levels of vitamin are by getting a 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test. It’s becoming more common now and most health providers can arrange for the test. I also have a link on my Tips page for affordable lab screening tests in your area (saveonlabs.com) if you want to get your own.

Although there is some variance in the guidelines, the experts I follow recommend taking 1,000 to 2,000 IUs of vitamin D3 and/or sunshine daily for most adults, while those with deficiencies or health issues and conditions may benefit from higher amounts of about 3,000 IUs daily. Other vitamins, minerals and nutrition are also important (for example, for good bone health, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and vitamin K2 work together to help keep your bones stronger).

As always, it’s recommended that you work with a trained health coach or health practitioner who can provide guidance in assessing your overall nutrition, health and lifestyle needs. Let me help you become the person of your dreams!

Helpful links:

http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/vitamin_D_recommendations.aspx

http://www.betterbones.com/bonenutrition/vitamin-d/recommendations-concerns.aspx

A new study that again shows many benefits for vitamin D and heart disease/artery health:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24553867 

For many more links about vitamin D and health, see my Health News page.

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© 2012 by Steve Carney/End Sickness Now

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