Saturday, November 1, 2014

Vitamin D

More than half of all American children are vitamin D deficient. It is estimated that anywhere from 30% to 100% of Americans, depending upon their age and community living environments, are deficient in Vitamin D. It is well documented that at the turn of the last century upwards of 80% of children in the industrialized, polluted cities of northern Europe and northeastern United States suffered from the devastating consequences of vitamin D deficiency. Rickets a disease in which the bone tissue doesn't properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. 
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to prediabetes, which is a blood glucose, or sugar, level that is too high but not high enough to be considered diabetes. People with vitamin D levels below 20 ng/mL had an 85 percent increased risk of depression compared to those with vitamin D levels greater than 30 ng/mL. Even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:

Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Cognitive impairment in older adults
Severe asthma in children

Vitamin D fights infections, including colds and the flu, as it regulates the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses. Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis.
In the new study, every unit increase in vitamin D level after supplementation of the vitamin decreased the risk of progression to diabetes by 8%, the authors reported.

There are two kinds of vitamin D in supplements: D2 (ergocalciferol – the type found in food) and D3 (cholecalciferol – the type made from sunlight). The easy solution to getting enough D3 is one serving of Reliv Now or Classic, which has 400 IUs, 100% of the RDA, or Slimplicity, which has 200 IUs, which is 50% of the RDA.
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