Vitamin D

Did you know that almost 75% of American teens and adults are vitamin D deficient?  I bet this comes as a surprise to many of you and I would also bet that you probably have never had your Vitamin D levels checked.  What is Vitamin D?  Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin, a group of fat-soluble pro hormones, which encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous.  There are five forms of Vitamin D that have been discovered.  D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5.  The two forms that seem to matter humans the most are Vitamins D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol).

What do we need vitamin D for?

It is crucial for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, which have various functions, especially the maintenance of healthy bones.

It is an immune system regulator.

It may be an important way to arm the immune system against disorders like the common cold, say scientists from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.

It may reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin D may have a key role in helping the brain to keep working well later in life.

Vitamin D is linked to maintaining a healthy body weight.

It can reduce the severity and frequency of asthma symptoms, also the likelihood of hospitalizations due to asthma.

It has been show to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women.

A form of vitamin D could be one of body’s main protections against damage from low levels of radiation.

Various studies have shown that people with adequate levels of vitamin D have a significantly lower risk of developing cancer, compared to people with lower levels.

Personally I take 2000 IU’s of Vitamin D every single day.  I feel that this benefits me in so many ways.  I would recommend that you talk to your Dr and get check on your Vitamin D levels….There is a very recent  research study that was just conducted by the University of Minnesota that found that overweight people have better success at losing weight when their vitamin D levels are increased.

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