|Vitamin D Healthy Cell and Immune Support|
New research indicates that our modern indoor lifestyles may lead to a widespread
increase in vitamin D deficiency.
Nicknamed the "sunshine vitamin" because the body makes it naturally
when exposed to the sun, scientists are discovering that vitamin D is an important
hormone precursor that supports the immune system and helps regulate the health
of at least 20 different tissues, including the brain and joints. It also plays
an important role in regulating cell growth, insulin levels and bone formation.
Researchers are finding that the current recommended daily allowances of vitamin
D - ranging from 200 international units for infants, children and adults up to
age 50 years; 400 IU for men and women from 50 to 70; and 600 IU for people older
than 70 - may be far lower than what is necessary for optimum health.
Healthy Cell Proliferation
Vitamin D research is an emerging area of interest for scientists, who have yet
to understand the many roles of this important vitamin in the body. While vitamin
D's main function is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the
blood, vitamin D also serves as a hormone precursor. Once it has been converted
into its active form, it can enter a cell, cross the nuclear membrane, attach
to specific receptors on the DNA or its protein wrapping, and promote cell differentiation.
Vitamin D is one of the body's many control systems, acting like an emergency
brake to stop cells from perilously misbehaving. In a study published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association in December 2003, 3,000 veterans (ages 50
to 75) were given more than 645 IU of vitamin D a day, along with more than 4
grams per day of cereal fiber. They showed improved health of colon cells.
Important Immune and Health Booster
Two studies involving more than 200,000 American women have also highlighted the
vitamin's benefits. Women who consumed the recommended daily amount of vitamin
D or more were 30% to 40% less likely to have immune imbalances. Additional studies
suggest that vitamin D may aid neurological health, joint comfort and function,
and support healthy blood sugar levels that are within the normal range. Vitamin
D decreases the production of a hormone called renin, which is believed to play
a role in maintaining normal blood pressure levels. Even a person's weight is
a factor: It has been found that people who are overweight do not synthesize vitamin
D as well as people who are not obese, hence the need for supplementation.
Vitamin D and Bone Health
It is estimated that over 25 million adults in the United States have, or are
at risk of developing, weakened bones as they age. Having normal storage levels
of vitamin D in the body helps keep bones strong, especially in elderly, non-ambulatory
individuals and post-menopausal women.
Vitamin D and Blood Pressure
Vitamin D may also support healthy blood pressure. Scientists noticed that blood
pressure levels vary with the season - they tend to be highest during autumn and
lower during the warmer months of spring and summer.
Researchers studied people's blood pressure and the levels of vitamin D in their
blood and discovered a connection between higher vitamin D levels and decreased
The body controls blood pressure through the renin-angiotensin system, with high
renin levels leading to increased blood pressure. Cutting edge research has shown
that vitamin D regulates renin levels through genetics, which may be the critical
way in which this vitamin supports cardiovascular health.
Deficiency Is Widespread
Vitamin D is not available in most foods (oily fish, egg yolks, liver and cod
liver oil have some) but is made when sunlight strikes the skin. Vitamin D insufficiency
may be quite common in places far from the equator and researchers estimate that
50% of Americans may have less vitamin D than they need. Today's teens also have
less exposure to direct sunlight and have switched from drinking vitamin D fortified
milk to soda. Puberty is a very critical time when up to half of a person's adult
bone mass is being deposited, and vitamin D helps ensure that people have normal
blood levels of calcium for this important process. New research estimates that
30 percent of adolescents nationwide may be vitamin D deficient.
Deficiency Risk for African Americans
People of African descent require up to 30 minutes sun exposure three times weekly
during summer on the face, arms and hands, while very fairskinned white people
require 5-10 minutes. African-Americans have the highest risk for vitamin D deficiency
because dark skin needs 5 to 10 times more sunlight than white skin to produce
the same amount of the vitamin. One study found that 42 percent of African-American
women in the U.S. were vitamin D deficient. And while the use of sunscreen is
imperative for skin health, sunscreen that is sun protection factor 8 (SPF 8)
or greater blocks 95% of the UVB light needed for the skin to synthesize vitamin
Age a Factor
Older adults may also be at particularly high risk: After age 50 the requirement
for vitamin D doubles because the body is less able to make its own vitamin D.
In a report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in February 2004,
researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland showed that elderly women
who took a vitamin D supplement plus calcium for three months reduced their risk
of falling by 49% compared with consuming calcium alone. Those women who had fallen
repeatedly in the past seemed to gain the most benefit from vitamin D.
The Wellness Revolution
Taking personal responsibility for your health and exploring safe natural alternatives
to support prevention is the basis for the current revolution in health care.
Vitamin D's benefits are only now being recognized and acknowledged. Health food
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