Vitamin D gets the attention of researcher at Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, Harvard University and University of California*
Vitamin D supplementation is a MUST against arthritis, depression, heart disease, high blood sugar, cancer... and much more!
Vitamin D is considered a vitamin and a hormone. It is classified as a vitamin because the body cannot absorb calcium without it. This important vitamin is a hormone because the body manufactures it in response to the skin's exposure to sunlight, and it carries messages to practically all of your body systems.
Are we getting enough Vitamin D?
Recent studies from several major universities show that almost everyone is deficient in Vitamin D: the young, the elderly, athletic people and hospitalized people all test "low" for healthy Vitamin D levels. About 2/3 of the people you see around you are clinically low in Vitamin D, contributing to all sorts of Vitamin D-related health concerns.
Not getting enough sunlight. Because we spend so much time indoors and/or cover-up or use sunscreen when outdoors, many of us are not exposed to enough sunlight to produce adequate levels of Vitamin D.
Aging. It becomes more difficult for our bodies to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight as we age.
Dark skin. The higher melanin levels of darker-skinned people tend to block sunlight more effectively, thus limiting the ability to produce Vitamin D.
Medications. Some medications interfere with the absorption of Vitamin D.
Poor quality Vitamin D supplements. Not all Vitamin D supplements have the potency and are formulated with nutrients essential for optimal absorption.
TriVita Essential D combines 5,000 IU of D3 (Cholecalciferol) -- the same form of Vitamin D that is produced by your body -- along with Olive Oil (to assure optimal absorption), Broccoli powder (a source of Vitamins K, A, and C, Iron and Selenium), and Tocopherols and Tocotrienols (for immune support and to boost Vitamin D absorption).
Adequate level of Vitamin D is essential for:
1. Healthy cholesterol and hormone balance
The journey of Vitamin D is long and complicated. It begins in a familiar place: cholesterol. Many of the common hormones in your body are made from cholesterol. When a cholesterol fraction (called dehydro-cholesterol) circulates close to the skin, it reacts with ultraviolet rays called UVB. This activates the cholesterol fraction and turns it into the foundation molecule called pro-Vitamin D.
Pro-Vitamin D begins its work in the immune system immediately by joining the Macrophages (white blood cells) in the battle against infection. Soon, other immune fractions accept Vitamin D and because of the message Vitamin D carries, they quickly learn how to deal with viruses, bacteria, cancer cells, allergies and more. This immune system education is one reason why we need to keep our Vitamin D levels high and why low blood levels of Vitamin D are associated with so many diseases of the immune system.
2. Healthy immune system
Pro-Vitamin D now travels to the liver where Vitamin D from the skin joins with Vitamin D from the diet and dietary supplements. Here in the liver, calcium absorption is activated and messages are sent to intestines to tell them how much calcium from our diet we can absorb and use. Messages are also sent to the parathyroid glands which govern the calcium levels in the bloodstream and bones. Vitamin D in the liver also works with detoxification enzymes, glucose control and blood sugar. This is why Vitamin D is important in managing diabetes and obesity.
3. Healthy weight and blood sugar
Finally, pro-Vitamin D makes it to the kidneys: the final step in converting pro-Vitamin D into its final form, called 25(O)HD. After this final step in conversion, Vitamin, D is accepted into the cells of many vital organs: your brain, heart, skin, reproductive tract and bones. Actually, almost all the cells in the human body have receptors for Vitamin D. For example, Vitamin D creates energy inside our cells through a process called ATP synthesis. ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) is the ultimate unit of energy. Vitamin D also tells our cells when it is time for them to divide and make new cells.
4. Healthy brain, heart and reproductive tract. Healthy bones, skin and energy levels
Vitamin D is very important! The best sources for Vitamin D is safe sun exposure, natural supplements of Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and to a lesser degree certain foods (cold-water fish, eggs and liver). Vitamin D supplements should always be delivered with healthy fats.
I mention "safe" sun exposure because we never want to sunburn; this increases our risk of skin cancer. (Of course, low Vitamin D also increases our risk of skin and other cancers.) Usually, 20 minutes of early morning or late afternoon sun exposure to 40% of your body is enough to achieve healthy levels of Vitamin D provided you have all other critical nutrients in your system at the time you need them! However, some people can't convert Vitamin D no matter how much sunshine they get. For example, the majority of Hawaiians who get abundant sunshine and don't use sunscreen still are Vitamin D deficient.
Please understand: many people who have the right amount of sun exposure have low levels of Vitamin D because of poor diets. To be properly metabolized, Vitamin D must have other nutrients to work with; Vitamin D cannot work alone. These other nutrients (found in Brassica vegetables, nuts and seeds) facilitate the transformation of Vitamin D through all of the cycles of change.
It is very important to understand that simply exposing your skin to sunlight will not get you the Vitamin D you need; and, overexposure to solar radiation (sunburn) increases your risk of skin cancer. You must have all the nutrients you need at the right time and in the right amount if you are to achieve and maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D.
*Researchers at Johns Hopkins University link Arthritis. Low Back Pain and late-life Depression to low levels of Vitamin D.
Medical Experts at The Mayo Clinic link Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure to low levels of Vitamin D.
Harvard University Research links Autism with low levels of Vitamin D.
Cancer Research at UCSD School of Medicine and prestigious Creighton University School of Medicine state that higher levels of Vitamin D are needed to reduce cancer risk.
Excerpt from TriVita VITAJOURNAL, May 2011 by Linda Wright, M.D. Dr. Wright is board certified in Internal Medicine. She graduated from the University of Colorado, completed medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and internal medicine residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Wright has completed thousands of hours of training with internationally recognized leaders in the conventional and alternative medical fields.
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