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.

Vitamin D Supports Bone Health

An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Another 44 million have low bone density, which significantly increases risk of osteoporosis. Collectively, that’s an astounding 55 percent of the 50+ population in the US affected by this issue. Worldwide, more than 200 million suffer from the disease. Risk factors include family history, being female, small body […]

IBS treatment with Vitamin D

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Now that the spring sun has finally decided to stick around for a while, I have a special message to readers who want to alleviate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Get some sun! Yes, I’m being serious. New research has shown that Vitamin D can help alleviate IBS, and exposure to the sun […]

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

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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Vitamin D is a critically important nutrient. Every single cell has a receptor for it, so it has far-reaching effects on your health. Unfortunately, most people don’t experience the profound benefits of vitamin D because they’re flat-out deficient in the nutrient. In fact, vitamin D deficiency is rampant not just in the US but throughout the world. By some estimates, 1 billion people worldwide have levels considered too low. How much do you really need, and why are nutrition labels flat out wrong about it?

Cognitive Decline and Vitamin D

woman covered up in winter sun
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

woman napping outside
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

couple sitting in the sun
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 […]

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