Nutrient of the Month

Article - Vitamin D

What is vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is found in food and can also be made in your
body after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Sunshine is a significant
source of vitamin D because UV rays from sunlight trigger vitamin D synthesis in the skin.

Who Should Take Vitamin D?
Because there is a widespread Vitamin D deficiency in the Northwest, I recommend that everyone get tested for Vitamin D through a simple blood test.  Once the Vitamin D levels are determined, I will recommend the appropriate dose of Vitamin D3 (the active form of Vitamin D).  However, it is safe to say that EVERYONE should be supplementing with Vitamin D!  Read on to see just how important it is to have adequate levels of Vitamin D.

Bone Health
By promoting calcium absorption, vitamin D helps to form and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D
also works in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones to promote bone
mineralization. Without vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle which can lead to osteoporosis

Prevention of Colon, Prostate and Breast Cancers
Research suggests that vitamin D may help maintain a healthy immune system and help regulate
cell growth and differentiation, the process that determines what a cell is to become.

Nerve Health
A 2006 study reported by JAMA  suggests that high circulating levels of Vitamin D are “associated with a lower risk of multiple sclerosis.” Additionally, several studies show that supplementing with Vitamin D promotes nerve health.

Emotional Health
Vitamin D has profound effects on the brain, including the neurotransmitters involved in depression and seasonal affective disorder.  In my clinical experience, many patients have found relief from mild depression, PMS and SAD by taking at least 2000 IUs of Vitamin D per day.

Call the office to set up a blood test to check your Vitamin D.

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