Know your D’s:
Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for enhancing intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc. In humans, the most important compounds in this group are vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). The body can also synthesize vitamin D3 in the skin, from cholesterol, when sun exposure is adequate hence it’s also called the “sunshine vitamin”.
Health Risks of Vitamin D deficiency:
Only recently has medical science woken up to the importance of this Vitamin on the health of our body especially the bones and the immune system. Most problems associated with immunity can be traced back to the deficiency of this vitamin. If you have consistent bone pain and muscle weakness get your vitamin D levels checked. Low blood levels of the vitamin can lead to:
- Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
- Severe asthma in children
Vitamin D can also help prevent and treat Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension or high blood pressure, Glucose intolerance, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Ways to check your Vitamin D levels:
A blood test is the only way to measure the amount of vitamin D in your blood. The blood test you need is called a 25-hydroxy or 25(OH)D blood test.
Different organizations in the United States recommend different ideal vitamin D levels. The Vitamin D Council suggests that a range of 20 ng/ml to 50 ng/ml, is the ideal level to aim for. A level less than 12 ng/mL indicates vitamin D deficiency.
In this educative video, Dr. Eric Berg DC explains the underlying real reasons why many people are showing low in their vitamin D levels. It’s not just a lack of sun light.
I see in this artical d levels should be higher than thy state , 50 to 70 for the best health.I take 7000 a day. Separate from my other vitamins...some of my vitamins have d 3 in them.it's good.autoimmune diseases come from a low d level. If u have ms and take extra d when it in a flare it helps u get better faster..
I started taking vitamin D ..Dr said mine started at 18, now went up to 24. They said i need to still take 2000.daily for 8 weeks.. is this necessary ?
I won't blame the sun, but the lack of it. Living in the UK for 10 years, after having lived in sunny South Africa all our lives, nearly killed both myself and my husband. We have now come back to SA and are both faring so much better, thanks to decent amounts of sunshine!
Hi there. I did enjoy your video on Vitamin D and F. Was wondering why u didn't mention anything about Sunscreen Lotions. It seems to me that over the past 20 yrs or so, the Dermatologists have been convincing us all to apply chemical sunscreens daily. I believe this is part of the reason why people are now becoming Vit. D deficient. What is your opinion on this subject??
Thank you for sharing!!! My dr told me mine was too low and needed to take vit D but I've been terrible at it:( I needed to hear this!