Vitamin D3 - The Sunshine Vitamin
by Jack Whitley
skin, a healthier brain, protection against illnesses and cancers and more. When it
comes to bone and joint health, Vitamin D3 is the most important vitamin. Recent
studies are even connecting it with the protection against the H1N1 virus. Too keep
things simple I'm going to reference vitamin D3 as Vit.D3.

Where does it come from? Sun, food, and supplements! Most people obtain their
Vitamin D from sun exposure. The sun is the best way to receive adequate amounts
of vitamin D. There are very few naturally occurring foods that contain vitamin D but
you can get some levels of Vitamin D from the food you eat. There is not enough
Vitamin D present in foods to supply you with the levels you need. However small
amounts are found in fish liver oils, cheese, beef liver and egg yolks. Also, in the U.S.
there are foods that are fortified with Vitamin D such as milk, breakfast cereals,
some orange juices, yogurts and margarine. The US regulates which products can be
fortified with Vitamin D as well as the amounts of Vitamin D that are added to these
food products. Then, as a 3rd source of Vitamin D, there are supplements. Make sure
when picking a supplement that it is in the form of V.D3 because that is the naturally
occurring form. Do not a use a synthetic form of Vitamin D as it is not proven to be
as effective.

Vitamin D3 play a role in may things. It is essential for the promotion of calcium
absorption. Vitamin D3, along with calcium is important for good bone health, which
can prevent thin, brittle and malformed bones. Having sufficient levels of it prevents
children from developing rickets, prevents adults from developing osteomalacia and
prevents older adults from developing osteoporosis. It is thought that Vitamin D is
associated with a reduced risk of cancer. There have been many studies done to
support this theory. The Canadian Cancer Society made a first every supplement
recommendation for vitamin D. This was based on evidence on the link between
V.D3 and reducing risk for colorectal, breast and prostate cancer. It's been shown
that having a Vitamin D deficiency may affect the cardiovascular system. It was
found by Harvard researchers that men with a Vitamin D deficiency were 142% more
likely to suffer from a heart attack than men with sufficient levels of vitamin D. It has
also been show to boost the immune system, which protects you against the flu,
colds and other respiratory infections.

There has also been research that links Vitamin D deficiencies with type-2 diabetes. A
study done in 2004 that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
found that raising a person's blood levels of Vitamin D from 25 to 75 could improve
insulin sensitivity by 60%. It even may affect your mental function as well as your
mood. Some studies have shown that having adequate levels of vitamin D improves
your mood, reduces the risk for depression along with it slowing down the
age-related losses of mental function. It has also been shown in 2 different studies
that having a low blood level of Vitamin D is associated with increased mortality from
all causes and mortality from heart disease. Studies have shown that those with
adequate levels of Vitamin D are less susceptible to the H1N1 flu virus. It has been
show that Vitamin D increases production of antimicrobail agents in the body. These
antimicrobials can fight H1Ni flu and other types of influenza by building one's
immunity to the flu virus.

So what is the problem? Many people are deficient in Vitamin D3! This is becoming a
worldwide problem. Optimal blood levels of Vit.D3 are between 30 and 100
nanograms per milliliter of blood. You are considered Vitamin D insufficient if you
levels are between 15ng and 30ng. You are considered Vitamin D deficient if your
levels are less that 15ng. In fact, a recent US study showed done on 600 children in
the US showed that 70% of them had low levels of Vitamin D. Of those, 61% were
insufficient and 9% were deficient. Kids with low Vitamin D levels are at risk for bone
problems, at risk for high blood pressure and at risk for lower HDL cholesterol levels.
Why the cause of this widespread deficiency? People spend less time outdoors and
people have poor diets. With all of the talk about protecting yourself from the sun
and skin cancer, people are avoiding direct exposure to the sun. It is a good practice
not to get too much sun, however, a little bit of sun is still important. Without sun
exposure, you body cannot produce the Vit. D3 it needs. For those with lighter skin,
your skin is more sensitive to the sunlight, so less sunlight is needed to produce
Vitamin D. If your skin is darker, then more sunlight is needed to produce Vitamin D.
Having said this, it is important not to take too much of it because it can be toxic in
excess.

It is important to make sure you get the recommended daily amount of Vitamin D. If
you get sun exposure you should take an additional 400 IU per day. If you do not
receive adequate exposure to the sun you should take 800 IU a day. This can easily
be accomplished by the addition of a Vitamin D. supplement along with your daily
multivitamin. It's especially important during the winter months to take a supplement
as more people are prone to stay indoors during this time and there are fewer hours
during the day. You should not take more than 800 IU a day. To find out if you are
deficient in Vitamin D have your blood levels tested at your next doctor visit or order
a saliva test kit to check your hormone levels. Never pay more than $5.95 for 120
tablets. This is an inexpensive way to ensure you meet your daily requirements for
Vit. D3 and to ensure good health. As always talk with your doctor about the
supplements and vitamins you take.

November 2009, Volume 1,2, copyrighted


About The Author

This article has been written by Jack Whitley for Cape Fear Naturals as a part of our
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Vitamin D is a very important vitamin
for everyone. Believe it or not,
Vitamin D is actually a hormone
produced by the body.
Cholecalciferol, known as Vitamin D3,
is the naturally occurring form of
vitamin D. It is made naturally in large
quantity in your skin when sunlight, or
ultraviolet rays, strikes your bare
skin. Naturally our bodies make
Vitamin D3 but sunlight is required for
this process to occur. It can also be
taken as a supplement form. There
are many benefits that come from
Vitamin D3 such as a better immune
system, lower blood pressure, clearer
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