In recent months, Vitamin D deficiency has become the talking point of the natural health movement. There have also been umpteen medical studies so that even mainstream medical experts are starting to look at Vitamin D deficiency with fresh eyes.
And what is the main source of Vitamin D?
The most recent study is from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, which has found that rheumatoid arthritis is on the increase among Caucasian women with the culprit likely to be an environmental one, like vitamin D deficiency, rather than a genetic one.
According to Dr. Serine Gabriel, one of the authors of the study, she says: "It's pretty unlikely that the genetic makeup of a population changed that quickly." Gabriel suggests that women who smoke stop the habit, and that women in general get their vitamin D levels checked. Together, these proactive steps should help to stave off serious diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
There have been many other studies with these conclusions
• Overweight people are more successful in losing weight when their Vitamin D levels are increased.
• Vitamin D has been linked to its ability to prevent diabetes, depression and heart disease.
• Vitamin D prevents 77% of all cancers while women with breast cancer have tested as having low vitamin D levels while women who are deficient in vitamin D (at the time they are diagnosed with breast cancer) are nearly 75% more likely to die from the disease than women with sufficient vitamin D levels, and their cancer is twice as likely to spread.
• From bone pain to muscle pain to back pain, these could be caused by a vitamin D deficiency as its cause - this is not a well known fact.
• Children who develop multiple sclerosis have substantially lower levels of vitamin D than children who do not develop the disease.
• Insufficient blood levels of vitamin D may cause adolescent girls to have weaker muscles.
• Almost half of critically ill patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are deficient in vitamin D.
• Women who are short on vitamin D are more likely to have a cesarean section delivery while women (who do not get enough vitamin D when pregnant) place their children at increased risk for tooth enamel defects and early childhood tooth decay.
• One in seven US teenagers are deficient in vitamin D while levels in the general population are falling - vitamin D deficiency is now common in the US.
• Those females who are over fifty, post-menopausal and prone to breaking bones could be because of a vitamin D deficiency rather than actual osteoporosis.
• Deficiency of vitamin D is also linked with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
• There is a strong correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and Parkinson's disease.
• Vitamin D deficiency is widespread among infants and toddlers in the US.
How to raise your vitamin D levels
The best way to get vitamin D is through sunlight exposure, but foods like oily fish and raw milk are also rich in the vitamin. If you need to use a supplement, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere during the long winter minths, Vitamin D3 supplements in the form of cholecalciferol are a good option.
Vitamin D is a critically important nutrient in our daily lives but the present deficiency has been made much worse by so many people spending time indoors at their computers under fluorescent lighting. This is not confined to adults either. Whereas children used to be out and about with their friends in all kinds of weather, they are now often living an isolated lifestyle bound to their home computer. When adults and children do get outdoors, they have been so programmed to cover up and apply sun block to their skin that any sunlight they are exposed to is immediately banished.
This is so unfortunate when Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is linked to so many vital health functions and benefits. In addition to those listed above, it boosts immune function and improves absorption of calcium thereby contributing to strong and healthy bones.
Sunshine makes us feel good too as it lifts the spirit
It is said that even tanning beds can stimulate the body to produce vitamin D, according to research conducted by Michael Holick of the University of Boston and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
It is in the interests of every single one of us to find out as much as we can about the benefits of Vitamin D. An excellent source of information is the web site - www.vitamindcouncil.org -
I would suggest you check this out.
You will not be wasting your time.