Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Miracles of Vitamin D

It seems everywhere I turn there is an article expounding the benefits of vitamin D.  Living in Vancouver makes it challenging to get enough vitamin D all year round but I have just come to realize the far reaching impact too little of this vitamin may have on a persons health.  Recent studies have shown the following

  • Deficiency in vitamin D is related to increased muscle fat, decreased muscle strength and overall health problems
  • Supplementation of vitamin D has shown to help prevent common cold and flu as well as ease asthma symptoms
  • Vitamin D deficiency predisposes a person to developing Type I or II diabetes 
  • Autoimmune diseases and some cancers have also recently been linked to insufficient blood levels of vitamin D
  • Vitamin D has been shown to influence our DNA through the vitamin D receptor (VDR) which influences more than 200 genes.  

Ways to increase vitamin D
  • increasing exposure to sunlight as 15 minutes of summer sun can produce 20,000 IU of vitamin D
  • dietary sources of fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, fish liver oil, eggs, fortified milk
  • supplements

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