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Vitamin D’s New Research

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There is a plethora of recent research which indicates that we need to take a new look at Vitamin D. For many years, conventional medical wisdom has said that we need 400I.U. per day, however new research reveals that our bodies need significantly more than that in order to achieve and maintain “health.” In fact, the body of research we now have on Vitamin D suggests that it would literally be considered a modern miracle drug, if it weren’t a naturally occurring substance, which prevents anyone from being able to patent it. Therefore, drug companies can’t make obscene amounts of profit from marketing and selling it. Consequently, there is not much attention given to the new data, or the numerous benefits they suggest.

The Vitamin D Council states:

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.

The Research Page at The Vitamin D Council’s web site links to research studies on the effects of Vitamin D in a large number of medical conditions which plague today’s society, ranging from Alzheimer’s and Asthma to Sickle Cell Disease and Parkinson’s. Autism is one condition which has received lots of attention lately, largely due to controversy over the advisability of various vaccines including H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccinations and the apparent connection between heavy metals (mercury) contained in those vaccines and the causes of Autism. It is now thought that sufficient Vitamin D levels allow the immune system to guard against heavy metals poisoning, and conversely, that low levels of Vitamin D my contribute to the body allowing the absorption of heavy metals, possibly leading to the onset of Autism.

Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all, but a Secosteroid, a Prohormone (pre-hormone), which targets over 2,000 genes in the human body. Vitamin D is produced naturally in our bodies when our skin is exposed to the UVB rays in sunlight. That is the way nature provides us with Vitamin D production. However, for many years now, we have all been constantly warned to STAY OUT OF THE SUN. And for those times we must be exposed to sunlight, we’ve had chemical sun-block pushed on us which effectively block the UVB rays which cause the body’s production of Vitamin D. The result of this “conventional wisdom” has been to lead to dramatic and wide-spread underproduction of Vitamin D. Which has a significant effect on our health, and more specifically on our lack of health.

So, other than exposing yourself to the sun, how can you get enough Vitamin D? Supplements are available. But a word of caution: There are many substances marketed as “Vitamin D.” These include D1 (ergocalciferol and lumisterol), D2 (ergocalciferol or calciferol), D4 (dihydrotachysterol 22,23-dihydroergocalciferol), and D5 (sitocalciferol). But the REAL Vitamin D (which is what your body naturally produces) is D3, or cholecalciferol. Make certain that the supplement you take is D3.

One reason for making sure your supplement contains cholecalciferol or D3 is the toxicity factor. One common myth which continues to dominate “conventional wisdom” on Vitamin D is that it is easy to get too much Vitamin D. While it is indeed easy to get too much of some of the various substances marketed as Vitamin D, it is very difficult to take enough naturally occurring D3 to result in a toxic reaction. 20 to 30 minutes of exposure to the sun will produce an average of up to 20,000I.U. of D3 in your skin. Studies indicate that we have to consume many times that amount, over an extended period of time, before any adverse reaction occurs.

Personally, I’m taking 4,000 – 5,000I.U. of D3 daily. But I do not suggest that anyone else do the same. You must do your own research and decide your own level of intake for yourself. I will say that in just two weeks after I started taking 4,000I.U. daily, my skin started to regain some of the elasticity it had lost. And then I noticed that the brown “age spots” that have been on the back of my hands for years were starting to actually fade! Age spots… those usually get progressively worse as we get older, they just don’t “get better.” These are two reactions which I can see… I can’t see what’s going on inside, but I have to believe, with all I’ve read about how Vitamin D works in the body, that I’m likely experiencing numerous other benefits that I may never be aware of.

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Written by jb

November 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm

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