Vitamin D Should Be Part of Your Defence
We have written on this subject - and the many health benefits of Vitamin D - on several occasions.
And during these difficult times, ensuring high levels of vitamin D in your system becomes more important than ever.
While most of us are able to get sufficient vitamin D (if we have enough bare skin exposed to sunlight) during those all important summer months, unfortunately this is not always possible.
In addition, we have been scared into fearing the sun as if it is the enemy and not our benefactor.
What happens when so many are vitamin D deficient?
It is said that up to twenty five percent of the population in much of the Western world is deficient.
The important fact to know is that research has shown that adequate levels of vitamin D can help protect us from viruses.
Understanding the importance of those levels is key. The chart (further below) shows that being under 50 ng/ml is an indication of being deficient but Government agencies tend to show being under 25 ng/ml as the cut off figure - a very much lower threshold to start from.
Of course you will only know where you stand if you are tested for your own vitamin D levels.
Some of the reasons why you may be deficient
- If you have a darker skin tone, you're less able to absorb vitamin D. The lighter the skin, the more you absorb.
- As you age, you are also less able to absorb this vital vitamin.
- If you fall into a vulnerable category, you might have been shielding in recent months and spending much more time indoors.
- Those who are obese or seriously overweight appear to be less able to convert Vitamin D into its hormonally active form. Much of the Vitamin D produced in the skin (or ingested) is distributed in fat tissue.
Why we need to increase our vitamin D levels now
Studies have shown:
- Vitamin D may help to protect against viruses.
- Vitamin D reduces the risk of influenza when given as supplements to those who are deficient.
- Vitamin D plays an important role in bolstering the immune system.
In the Northern Hemisphere, it is now cold and often sunless. We have to wait until the summer months to gain the benefit of that wonderful sunshine once more. But all is not lost, you can immediately start a course of good quality vitamin D3.
When supplementing with vitamin D3, you will also need to add in magnesium and vitamin K2. Take with a spoonful of fat (such as grass fed butter or coconut oil) as vitamin D is fat soluble. Make sure you have calcium in your diet by including dairy products and dark green leafy vegetables.
It can be difficult to know what dosage to take if you have not been tested but most suggested doses of vitamin D are too low and it is hard to overdose. It is highly recommended that you get your hydroxyvitamin D test as soon as you can so that you have a baseline from which to measure your level at the 6-month point and beyond. Such a test can be done at home inexpensively. 40 ng/mL is a good level to aim for initially, rising to 60 or 70 if you can for optimum health. In the meantime, a suggested dose is 5000 IUs per day.
Vitamin D is now more important than ever!
It is critical that we embrace all the interventions we can to try and boost our immune systems.