Vitamin D

Vitamin D3 (choelaciferol) is known as the sunshine vitamin, because your body manufactures it from exposure to sunlight. Naturally occurring dietary sources are beef, liver, and egg yolks, while dairy products and orange juice are often fortified with Vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency causes big problems with bone health, including softened bones (rickets) and osteoporosis (fragile, brittle bones). Vitamin D3 works with calcium and magnesium to keep your bones in good health. It also works to improve muscle tone, preventing the falls which can lead to fractures.

Studies have shown that antioxidant, anti-inflammatory Vitamin D is associated with lowered risks for colon, prostate, and breast cancers; macular degeneration; chronic pain; multiple sclerosis; and Alzheimer’s disease. It also supports good heart health and protects against immune disorders.

5 Vital Vitamins and Minerals: A, B9, B12, Calcium, D3

From now on, I want you to think in Latin whenever you see the word vitamin. That’s where the root vita, meaning life, comes from. So think of vitamins as vital and be sure, especially during winter, that you’re not vitamin deficient in any of them—as some 93 percent of Americans are. Vitamins and the […]

You Can’t Catch Alzheimer’s But You Can Prevent It

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The media threw a scare into a lot of people recently by hyping a UK study suggesting that Alzheimer’s might be contagious. Imagine the worry among the loved ones and caregivers who deal intimately with Alzheimer’s patients. Imagine the tragedy of those millions of patients losing that care on account of unfounded fear. Fortunately, here’s […]

Improving Bone Strength Naturally

Recently, I told you about five ways to increase your balance, and decrease your risk of falling. Because, we have to face facts—no matter how active and aware you are, your balance will decrease with age. Which means, sooner or later, you’re going to stumble. The key is to make sure that your body can […]

Vitamin D: Do you get enough?

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Something serious is going down here. Not “going down” in the vernacular sense. What’s going down is the vitamin D level in nearly every patient I see. And it’s very serious because vitamin D is a super-powerful, super-essential nutrient. In addition to its well-proven role in maintaining bone health, the so-called “sunshine vitamin” can: Help […]

Cognitive Decline and Vitamin D

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Score another point for vitamin D. There’s already good evidence that, in addition to its crucial role in maintaining bone health, the so-called “sunshine vitamin” can: Help regulate your immune system Reduce your risk of high blood pressure Lower your blood pressure if it’s high Reduce your risk of depression Reduce your risk of type […]

Strengthen Immunity with Melatonin, Vitamin D, and Probiotics

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Good health begins with a good night’s sleep. Damaging toxins are disposed of while you sleep, and broken cells are repaired, processes that require at least eight solid hours of high-quality sleep in a dark room. If that’s not happening, if you’re tossing and turning every night instead, your immune system suffers. And that leaves […]

Recommended Vitamin D3 Level

I don’t mean to sound paranoid, but sometimes I wonder if they’re out to get us. The situation with vitamin D3 is a great example. First they lie, telling you to hide from the sun – the best source of vitamin D3 on the planet – or you’ll get skin cancer, a half-truth at best. […]

Prevent Skin Cancer with Vitamin D

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For the past 30 years, you’ve been told — over and over again — how dangerous it is to spend time in the sun. Like most people, you’ve probably spent lots of money on sunscreens, sunblock, sunglasses, protective clothing, maybe even an umbrella to protect yourself from those supposedly deadly UV rays. With all the […]

Vitamin D & Other Treatments for SAD

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For many physicians, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an ailment that flies under the radar, so it’s easy to see how it can be overlooked or mistaken for something else. The symptoms, which occur in women far more often than men, include: Feelings of sadness Loss of initiative or motivation Low energy or fatigue Increased […]

Vitamin D & Melatonin Help with SAD

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Many of my patients have been to multiple doctors without getting good results. So, it’s not at all unusual for me to see a patient who has been diagnosed and treated for several different illnesses and still is miserable. That was the case with Elinor, a delightful, 80-something lady whose daughter Tracy brought her to […]