The Miracle of Vitamin D
Conventional values for Vitamin D consider 30 to be an acceptable lower limit, but new data suggests that values of 50 – 80 are optimal to health.
It is estimated that 80-90% of Americans do not have Vitamin D levels over 50. Milk and other dietary sources of this vitamin do not make a significant difference in blood levels and many people need 2000 - 5,000 IU of supplemental dose daily or more. This is far more than the RDA amount of 400-800 IUs.
Vitamin D is produced in the skin as a result of sun exposure and acts as mch like a hormone as a vitamin and is involved with over 2,000 genes . It is involved in resistance to disease, hormone levels, bone mineral density, energy levels, and other immune functions. Common symptoms/complications linked to this type of deficiency include:
- Increased susceptibility to Colds and Flu
- Periodontal Disease and Cavities
- Depression – other mental affective disorders
- Osteoporosis, Multiple Sclerosis
- High Blood Pressure
- Various Cancers (Lung, Breast, Ovarian, Colon)
- Asthma, Fatigue
Though not necessarily the cause for any of these conditions, low Vitamin D levels are associated with them, which raises the question as to the relationship to these conditions.
Conventional medicine typically does not address nutrition deficiencies until a medical condition is found. Men, women, and children are all at risk for Vitamin D deficiency, and should have blood tests to have this vitamin level checked. New advances in nutriceuticals (physician-prescribed supplements) can restore proper balance.