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Super Benefits of Vitamin D

February 23, 2015

 

Vitamin D deficiency has become epidemic. In fact, roughly 85% of Americans are deficient in this essential vitamin. Deficiencies in vitamin D are linked to cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and autism, to name a few.

 

We obtain vitamin D naturally through exposure to sunlight as well as from food sources - salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, cod liver oil, egg yolks, dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Here are the top 5 benefits of vitamin D:

 

1) Strengthens bones and promote a healthy immune system.

  • Prevents osteoporosis and arthritis

  • Fights infection

 

2) Prevents brittle bones and muscle weakness. 

  • 50% of women with hip fracture have shown low levels of vitamin D!

 

3) Prevents cardiovascular disease.

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Lowers cholesterol 

  • Reduces inflammation

 

4) Aids in weight management.

  • Vitamin D helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates and fat.

 

5) Treats depression.

  • Elevates mood and encourages a sense of well-being.

The benefits of vitamin D are endless!  The best source of vitamin D is sunlight in the mid-day hours long enough for the skin to have a pinkish hue; however, when we shower or bathe, we lose this benefit.  Because we are not getting enough sunlight to get adequate benefits, supplementation with 5,000 IU's of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) taken with a fat is necessary.

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