Why single out Vitamin D? There are lots of vitamins and they all play an important roll. Vitamin D plays a huge roll in the human body and a deficiency can cause us many problems. There is more than one form of Vitamin D and when you have done reading this page you will know exactly which is the best to use, and what this wonder Vitamin can do for you……
The following information if from http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/
The high rate of natural production of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol (pronounced koh·luh·kal·sif·uh·rawl) in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D—a fact that has profound implications for the natural human condition.
Technically not a “vitamin,” vitamin D is in a class by itself. Its metabolic product, calcitriol, is actually a secosteroid hormone that targets over 2000 genes (about 10% of the human genome) in the human body. Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.
Vitamin D’s influence on key biological functions vital to one’s health and well-being mandates that vitamin D no longer be ignored by the health care industry nor by individuals striving to achieve and maintain a greater state of health.
Sunshine and Your Health
If well adults and adolescents regularly avoid sunlight exposure, research indicates a necessity to supplement with at least 5,000 units (IU) of vitamin D daily. To obtain this amount from milk one would need to consume 50 glasses. With a multivitamin more than 10 tablets would be necessary. Neither is advisable.
The skin produces approximately 10,000 IU vitamin D in response 20–30 minutes summer sun exposure—50 times more than the US government’s recommendation of 200 IU per day!
How To Get Enough Vitamin D
There are 3 ways for adults to insure adequate levels of vitamin D:
Vitamin D’s Co-factors
Vitamin D has co-factors that the body needs in order to utilize vitamin D properly. They are:
Magnesium is the most important of these co-factors. In fact, it is common for rising vitamin D levels to exacerbate any underlying magnesium deficiency. If one is having problems supplementing with vitamin D, a magnesium deficiency could be the reason why.
Read more about vitamin D’s co-factors!
Attention Health Care Professionals
The Vitamin D Council would like to help patients who are seeking out doctors to work with them as they strive to attain a better state of health through the use of Vitamin D. To help these patients, we have put together a Vitamin D Healthcare Professionals database.
If you are a physician/health care professional who sees patients and who stays current with the research on vitamin D and would like to be listed, please send a brief description about your practice — in the exact wording you would like it to appear on the page — along with street address, phone number, and website URL (if applicable) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include information on how you utilize Vitamin D in your practice.
Fifteen facts you probably never knew about vitamin D and sunlight exposure.
Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and even effects diabetes and obesity. Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That’s probably because it’s free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin. Drug companies can’t sell you sunlight, so there’s no promotion of its health benefits. Truth is, most people don’t know the real story on vitamin D and health. So here’s an overview taken from an interview between Mike Adams and Dr. Michael Holick.
On the issue of sunlight exposure, by the way, it turns out that super antioxidants greatly boost your body’s ability to handle sunlight without burning. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful “internal sunscreens” and can allow you to stay under the sun twice as long without burning. Other powerful antioxidants with this ability include the superfruits like Acai, Pomegranates (POM Wonderful juice), blueberries, etc.
Diseases and conditions cause by vitamin D deficiency:
If that lot isn’t enough to convince you that you should be making sure to get enough Vitamin D, below are some more useful links…..