There is much to be said about Vitamin D these days, especially in the wake and fallout of CoVid 19.
One hundred years ago, the discovery of vitamin D uncovered its ability to prevent rickets (a childhood disease that weakens bones) and the powerful role it plays in supporting bone health and strength.
However, it is only recently that we’ve come to appreciate the magnitude of benefits it provides in for a broad variety of health concerns.
Vitamin D is not just a vitamin. It is also considered a pro-hormone an antioxidant with extraordinary anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties!
Besides assisting gut absorption of calcium to maintain healthy bones, extensive research has demonstrated the following health benefits of vitamin D.
- Lowered risk of dementia
- Protection from diabetes and heart disease
- Combating mood disorders like anxiety and depression
- Cancer prevention, suppression and survival benefits
- Lower risk and severity of viral respiratory tract infections, including CoVid19
It is known that more than half of Americans are vitamin D deficient, especially those of darker skin complexion, the elderly and confined, and those living where sun exposure is seasonally limited.
And because vitamin D deficiency is associated with health issues such as osteoporosis, bone fractures and perhaps even prostate, colon, and breast cancer, it is key to correct and maintain healthy levels in the following ways:
- Sunlight: just 20 minutes a day of direct sunlight is sufficient to stimulates vitamin D production in the skin.
- Food sources: salmon, tuna, sardines, eggs, cheese, milk and orange juice are excellent sources.
- Vitamin D supplement: 600-800 IU is the daily recommendation but doses of 5-10,000 IU/day may be prescribed when deficiency exists.
Modern-day living, especially with current concerns over contagious contact, sheltering-in, social isolation, sedentary work and education, makes it crucial that we pay extra attention to doing what we can to optimize physical and mental health.
Maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels through sun exposure, a healthy diet and a good vitamin supplement is easy, harmless and inexpensive. So why not start today?
Vitamin D. It does a body good!
Until then…..Stay AWWesome!