the benefits of vitamin D
Vitamin D and other Strategies to
Promote Flexible and Healthy Joints
Exercise: Most people have little appreciation for how powerful low-impact exercise can be in supporting joint function. Vigorous low-impact exercise like walking is beneficial for your joints, as well as for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and other systems in your body. It's simply a myth that you can "wear down" your knees just from average levels of exercise or normal activity. In fact, inactivity causes your muscles to become weaker and actually works against optimal joint flexibility and comfort.
Achieve your optimal weight: One of the outstanding benefits of exercise is its ability to help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight which is highly beneficial to your joints. Each additional pound of body mass increases the compressive load over your knee by roughly 4 pounds. Losing weight reduces the load on your joints and makes it easier to exercise, and exercising helps you lose weight and supports your joint health.
Eat a higher quality diet: Eliminate sugar and starchy carbs from your diet. And definitely stop drinking soda. These foods do absolutely nothing to support healthy joints or a healthy body. In fact, their potential for damage is well documented.
Optimize your vitamin D levels: Vitamin D also supports a healthy immune response. During the fall, winter, and early spring in most of the U.S., Canada, and Europe, your vitamin D levels can drop precipitously. If your levels fall, you give up the support this vitamin offers for your joints and your whole body.
The Blu Room provides a safe alternative to sun exposure and allows your body to make your own frequency specific vitamin D.
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The Relationship Between Vitamin D
and Insulin Resistance
Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, which is why maintaining a healthy level is so important. But vitamin D is equally important for your heart, brain, immune function and much more. For example, there's an important connection between insufficient vitamin D and both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Research showing this link includes but is not limited to the following:
Animal studies have shown vitamin D is a foundational factor necessary for normal insulin secretion and that vitamin D improves insulin sensitivity
One study involving nearly 5,680 individuals with impaired glucose tolerance showed that vitamin D supplementation increased insulin sensitivity by 54 percent
The mechanisms by which vitamin D reduces insulin resistance include its effect on calcium and phosphorus metabolism and by upregulating the insulin receptor gene
Incidence of several types of cancer could also be slashed in half, or more. Recent research reveals raising your serum 25(OH)D to 40 ng/ml can slash your risk of invasive cancers by 67 percent!
Most of the researchers specializing in vitamin D agree that sensible sun exposure is far better than vitamin D supplements which do not provide the same effects as the vitamin D your skin makes in response to UV exposure. However, chances are you're simply not getting enough sun exposure to raise your vitamin D level.
The Higher the Vitamin D Levels, the Better the Outcome!
One example with vitamin D and pancreatic cancer - Chen Yuan and colleagues from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston examined survival among 493 patients from five clinical study groups in the US who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer from 1984 to 2008. Higher vitamin D levels in the patient's blood before the cancer diagnosis were associated with higher survival rates according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
"We observed longer overall survival in patients with pancreatic cancer who had sufficient prediagnostic 25(OH)D," the authors write.
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What CAN'T Vitamin D3 do?
Another lifesaving reason to take it daily.
By Charles Majors DC
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Studies have shown that there is a link between vitamin D and high blood pressure! People who have higher vitamin D intake tend to have LOWER blood pressure. Why?
Sometimes, your body can produce too many cells in the muscle that lines your blood vessels. A build-up of these cells can lead to plaque, which makes it harder for blood to travel throughout your body.
Researchers have found vitamin D receptors on these cells, and vitamin D can bind to these receptors. This may help to reduce the risk of cells building up in your blood vessels.
Also, vitamin D may help in reducing the activity of the system that controls your blood pressure. This system is called the renin-angiotensin system. When this system is overactive, blood pressure can increase. A review (1) in 2013 looked at many studies involving people with hypertension. They found that for each 10 ng/ml increase in someone's vitamin D levels, they had a 12% lower risk of developing hypertension.
The people with the highest vitamin D levels had a 30% lower risk of developing hypertension compared to the people with the lowest levels.
(1) Kunutsor, S. K. et al. Vitamin D and risk of future hypertension: meta-analysis of 283,537 participants. European Journal of Epidemiology 2013;28;205-221.
Vitamin D: UV The Original Source -- How to Use It
By Edward Gorham, PhD
Is vitamin D the wonder vitamin? Can it prevent certain cancers and chronic diseases? Find these answers and more in this series brought to you by UCSD School of Medicine and Grassroots Health where experts discuss the latest research on vitamin D. In this program, Edward Gorham, PhD, talks about how to use the sun, or UV light, for vitamin D synthesis. Series: Vitamin D Deficiency - Treatment and Diagnosis
Vitamin D can be bought over the counter
The Body makes Vitamin D in direct sunlight
High dose Vitamin D could treat Multiple Sclerosis, Scientists finds
Low levels of vitamin D are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS but it is the first study to show that supplements can help the condition.
Taking large doses of the recommended daily dose of vitamin D could be a cheap and simple treatment for multiple sclerosis, say scientists. Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS. And patients with low levels of the vitamin are also likely to suffer from disability, but until now scientists have now known if supplements could help the condition.
Now research by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has shown that upping levels of the sunshine vitamin dampens down the immune system, stopping it attacking nerve fibres. Around 100,000 people in the UK are battling the disease, so the new study suggests that upping their intake of vitamin D could have a major impact. The disease destroys the fatty myelin sheath that insulates nerve fibres and assists the transmission of electrical signals. It can cause symptoms ranging from mild tingling or numbness to full-blown paralysis.
"These results are exciting, as vitamin D has the potential to be an inexpensive, safe and convenient treatment for people with MS," said lead scientist Dr Peter Calabresi, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "More research is needed to confirm these findings with larger groups of people and to help us understand the mechanisms for these effects, but the results are promising."
Vitamin D is known to be important for bone health and it can nautrally be obtained by eating cheese, eggs and fish oil, as well as direct exposure to sunlight. For the new study, 40 patients with relapsing-remitting MS - a form of the disorder characterised by active and passive periods - received either 10,400 or 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 supplements every day for six months. The first dose was significantly higher than the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D of 600 IU. Patients taking the high dose experienced a reduction in the percentage of specific immune system T-cells related to MS activity.
Above a certain threshold, every five nanograms per millilitre increase in vitamin D blood levels led to a 1 per cent reduction of the T-cells, the researchers reported in the journal Neurology. It suggests that the maxim dose could reduce dangerous immune cells by eight per cent. No such change was seen in those patients taking the lower dose supplements. Side effects from the vitamin supplements were minor and did not differ between patients taking the higher and lower doses. One person in each group had a relapse of disease activity, but while the study tested the effect of vitamin D supplements on the immune system it did not look closely at the clinical impact of the treatment. This will have to be the subject of future research.
The research was published in the journal Neurology. Original article can be found here.
Vitamin D is better than ANY Vaccine and Increases the Immune System by 3-5 Times
By Dr. Joe Prendergast, MD