Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Higher Levels of Vitamin D Might Save Your Life

From an ABC on-line report titled "Higher Levels of Vitamin D Might Save Your Life"

For many people the start of spring and the warmer weather that follows means storing the heavy winter gear and getting re-acquitted with the sun by spending more time outdoors. And according to new research, spending at least ten minutes a day in the sun could help save your life by reducing the probability of developing several diseases.

Two new studies show people with low levels of vitamin D have a 35% increased risk of developing heart disease and also have a 14% increased risk in dying from cancer.

Vitamin D is credited with not only helping reduce the odds of developing several major illnesses, but it also boosts heart health and even strengthens your bones.

How exactly can you maximize your body’s production and consumption of vitamin D in order to reap its benefits?

For starters, vitamin D, also known as the sunshine nutrient is produced in the body when the sun comes into contact with the sun, so spending more time outdoors is the key. Doctors suggest spending at least one hour a week in the sun, but don’t forget the sunscreen.

You can also find Vitamin D in a variety of foods like fish, eggs, soy beans, mushrooms and kale. But according the experts the best thing you can do is get outside and soak up those rays.

MyAchingKnees Comments: I don't believe you can get the necessary levels of Vitamin D from the Sun alone. My wife and I both had Vitamin D deficiencies and both of us spend a lot of time outside in a city that receives 300+ days of direct Sun a year. Both my wife and I take 3,000 to 5,000 IU of Vitamin D each day. While my wife was undergoing seven weeks of radiation treatment for a head and neck cancer, she insured she took 5,000 IU each day.

Exercise can diminish the body's Vitamin D levels and new studies from The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) indicate that taking Vitamin D before a workout can help the body recover more quickly.

Some of the top scientists in the country believe that Vitamin D supports healthy bones, muscle strength, maintenance of healthy glucose levels, and heart and immune function.  The often quoted  daily level of Vitamin D of 400 to 800 IU is now thought to be pretty low.  Don't let this inexpensive nutritional supplement escape your grasp - ask your Doctor for a blood test to determine your levels of Vitamin D.  

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