Are vitamins and minerals important to your health? Lets just say your life depends on them and one vitamin that has gotten a lot of press is vitamin D. Vitamin D helps form the hormone that factors in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. Your immune system and every cell in your body has receptor sites for this important vitamin. One immune system link is your colon which contains abundant vitamin D receptors. Cold season is upon us and many medical and chiropractic physicians believe extra vitamin D may be a wise defense against colds and flu during winter months. It you don’t realize how important vitamin D is then think about the 50 percent increased risk of serious cardiovascular disorders associated with a “deficiency” of vitamin D.
One important aspect of vitamin D is the critical role it plays in inflammation. I encourage all patients to supplement with vitamins and this is especially true for my patients with chronic inflammation. Vitamin D activates genes that moderate the inflammatory process. Many auto-immune conditions seem to benefit from above average doses of vitamin D. Current research indicates vitamin D has a beneficial effect on cancer (Colon Cancer) Osteoporosis, Asthma, Diabetes Cardiovascular disease and Degenerative Neurological diseases. Need I say more, its very important and critical to your health.
There is a good bit of ongoing controversy about normal levels of vitamin D. Many of my peers believe that 50 to80ng/ml is a preferred level. Considering that 70 percent of world population is deficient these levels seem very appropriate. There are a number of known factors that contribute to deficiency. A number of prescription drugs and over the counter medications, less exposure to natural sun light, obesity, and compromised gut function from highly processed food just to name a few.
Is it possible to get too much vitamin D? Yes, but not very likely! It’s rare. This upper ranges of normal vitamin D is 80ng/ml and most adults can safely take 5,000 to 10,000 IU daily with no toxicity. Many of my auto-immune patients take 8,000 to 10,000 I U’s daily.
There are a number of ways to boost your vitamin D levels. Make sure you’re getting some good sunshine, the body and mind need it. Fatty fish salmon, sardines and mackerel are good sources, however to really boost your vitamin D and supplement with a high quality, hypoallergenic supplement like our Pure encapsulation supplements.