Discover the Simple, Affordable Solution
Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About
Thanks to Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter.
The time is right to be thinking about fortifying our immune systems as Winter approaches.The next issue of Nutrition News will be on Vitamin D. There’s new science about Vitamin D that you’ll want to know about.
In the meantime, enjoy Joshua’s article on Vitamin D. His timing couldn’t be better.
With winter fast approaching, you may be dreading the possibility of getting sick — the pain, discomfort and lost productivity can be truly dreadful.
And if you’re like me, you’re probably already thinking about ways to “bulletproof” your immune system so that you’ll stay healthy all winter long — even if everyone around you is coughing and sneezing.
But what you may not realize is that if you fail to do one simple thing, your efforts to avoid getting sick will largely be in vain!
Now, if you ask your doctor about how to avoid getting sick, the recommendation will surely be a shot. But please BEWARE that, in addition to side effects, even the CDC has admitted that the effectiveness rate of this “solution” is a mere 9%!
My advice to you: Don’t blindly follow the medical establishment’s recommendations. There are safe, effective and affordable measures you can take now to proactively ensure that your immune system stays healthy and strong all year long.
I’m Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now, one of the fastest growing natural health publications in the nation. My passion for natural health has always driven me to educate people on alternative solutions that are both safe and effective.
Please keep reading, because I’m going to explain how one simple nutrient can help you avoid getting sick, and at the same time improve your mood, reduce aches and pains and keep your bones and heart healthy year-round.
Is This Widespread Deficiency to Blame
for Seasonal Sickness Outbreaks?
Now you won’t hear this from your doctor, but more and more experts agree that the single most effective way to avoid getting sick is by getting enough vitamin D. As you may be aware, vitamin D deficiency is now considered pandemic and worsens in the fall and winter months.
In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that widespread drops in vitamin D levels may be the long-overlooked trigger for seasonal sickness! A 2008 study published in the Journal of Virology led by Dr. John Cannell, MD, executive director of the non-profit Vitamin D Council, concluded that vitamin D may indeed have a “profound effect on prevention.”
So vitamin D may be your key to staying healthy, especially in colder months, however don’t rush out of the house to grab any old bottle. It’s important you take the right kind and right amount to really get the full benefits…but more on that later.
|ABOUT JOSHUA CORN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
||Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter, is a health freedom advocate who’s been involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years. He’s always been dedicated to promoting health, vitality, longevity and natural living. Josh is currently writing a book on natural remedies and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, organic gardener, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.
Vitamin D Activates Your Full Immune Potential
Here’s a fact you need to know: Breakthrough research shows that vitamin D is critical to what is known as the innate immune system. This part of your immune system differs from the resistance you build when you’re exposed to a particular pathogen, known as acquired immunity.
Innate immunity is your body’s natural defense system, which protects your mucous membranes from pathogenic invaders. If your blood levels of vitamin D decrease rapidly, as often happens with lack of sun exposure during the winter months, your innate immunity suffers dramatically — sometimes catastrophically.
Researchers have also discovered that vitamin D triggers the killer cells of the immune system — called T cells — which fight off invaders. Without sufficient vitamin D in your bloodstream, your killer T cells will remain dormant, leaving the door wide open for pathogenic invaders to enter your body and wreak havoc.
The Tell-Tale Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re not vitamin D deficient. Way too many people have a “not me” attitude, but the truth is, a whopping 75% of adults in the U.S. have low vitamin D levels!
Vitamin D deficiency may be symptomless at first, but as it progresses it leads to weakened immunity and many health problems that may be easily misdiagnosed.
Aches and pains, cognitive problems, mood issues, fragile bones and heart trouble are just a few common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.[5,6,7] What’s more troubling is that low vitamin D levels can ultimately result in premature death.[8,9,10] Sadly, many people are given drugs to “treat” a simple nutritional deficiency, or are just told to accept these health issues as part of aging. What a shame!
|Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
||Aches and pains
How to Protect Yourself with Vitamin D
There are only two ways to get vitamin D in the amounts you need for optimal immunity and overall health: several hours daily of direct sun exposure (without sunscreen, which blocks vitamin D production) and vitamin D supplementation.
So for most people, a vitamin D supplement is a must. You may eventually want to get your vitamin D levels tested by your doctor, but you shouldn’t wait to start. Vitamin D is one of the least toxic substances known on earth, making it nearly impossible to overdo it, and it doesn’t interact with most medications. The bottom line is that you’re better safe than sorry.
WARNING: Don’t Take Fake Vitamin D!
When doctors are paying attention to vitamin D levels, they often write a script for synthetic vitamin D2. Why? Because the pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural compounds, so in order to make money, they had to create a synthetic version that’s poorly absorbed and less effective.
The better option is to take natural vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol), which is what is used in most dietary supplements. It’s more absorbable, more affordable, more accessible and provides the greatest benefits, as proven by hundreds of scientific studies.
How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?
Most people take way too little vitamin D per day, because the current RDA is only 600 IU. Many experts now agree that this is woefully inadequate. Sadly, the government has stubbornly refused to increase the RDA, putting millions at risk.
According to vitamin D expert Dr. John Cannell, healthy adults should supplement with 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily to avoid deficiency and achieve superior immunity and overall health — more than 8 times what the government says is sufficient! Remember, vitamin D has zero toxicity so there’s no harm in taking higher amounts.
Choosing the Right Vitamin D Supplement
I hope I’ve made the case as to why it’s critical to take supplemental vitamin D3. However, many people make the mistake of just taking whatever is on the shelf of their local drugstore. You need to know what to look for to avoid getting ripped off.
Here are my 3 tips to use as a buyer’s guide:
- The D3 form: Make sure you’re taking 100% natural vitamin D3 which is the safest, most absorbable and most effective form. Avoid synthetic vitamin D2.
- An optimal dose: Leading experts recommend 5,000 IU of D3 daily for optimal health. Most supplements provide far less than this.
- A rice bran oil base: Many supplements have a low quality soy oil base, that has toxins and GMOs. Instead look for a healthier rice bran oil base. Scientific References
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11. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Jul 6;(7):CD007470.
Three-year follow-up of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D,parathyroid hormone, and bone mineral density in nursing home residents who had received 12 months of daily bread fortification with 125 mug of vitamin D3
We conducted a single-arm clinical trial in institutionalized seniors, on the effects of high-dose vitamin D3-fortified bread daily intake (clinicaltrials.gov registration NCT00789503).
At 1 and 3 years after the dietary fortification was stopped, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), parathyroid hormone (PTH) and bone mineral density were measured in 23 of the original study subjects, aged 60-82 years who had consumed bread buns (100?g) fortified with 320?mg elemental calcium and 125??g (5,000?IU) vitamin D3 daily for one year.
At the end of the 1-year supplementation phase (receiving vitamin D3 fortified bread daily), mean (SD) serum 25(OH)D was 127.3???37.8?nmol/L (baseline for this follow-up).
- At 1-year follow-up, the serum 25(OH)D was 64.9???24.8?nmol/L (p?=?0.001, vs. baseline); and
- at 3-year follow-up it was 28.0???15.0?nmol/L (p?=?0.001 vs. baseline). Serum PTH was 18.8???15.6?pg/ml at baseline while
- at Year 3 it was 48.4???18.4?pg/ml (p?=?0.001 vs. baseline). Lumbar spine BMD did not change from baseline to Year 3. However, by Year 3, hip BMD had decreased (0.927???0.130?g/cm2 vs. 0.907???0.121?g/cm2, p?=?0.024).
Vitamin D nutritional status exhibits a long half-life in the body, and a true steady-state plateau may not even be reached 1year after a discontinuation in dose.
Furthermore, once the need for vitamin D has been established, based on a low baseline serum 25(OH)D concentrations, the appropriate action is to maintain corrective vitamin D supplementation over the long term.
Trial registration Clinical trial registration number: NCT00789503
Older adults who don’t get enough vitamin D may be at increased risk of developing mobility limitations and disability, according to new research published online in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.
“This is one of the first studies to look at the association of vitamin D and the onset of new mobility limitations or disability in older adults,” said lead author Denise Houston, PhD, RD, nutrition epidemiologist in the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology.
The study analyzed the association between vitamin D and onset of mobility limitation and disability over six years of follow-up using data from the National Institute on Aging’s Health, Aging and Body Composition study.Mobility limitation and disability are defined as any difficulty or inability to walk several blocks or climb a flight of stairs, respectively.
Of the 3,075 community-dwelling black and white men and women aged 70-79 years who were enrolled, data from 2,099 participants was used for the study. Eligible participants reported no difficulty walking .25-mile, climbing 10 steps or performing basic, daily living activities, and were free of life-threatening illness. Vitamin D levels were measured in the blood at the beginning of the study. Occurrence of mobility limitation and disability during follow-up was assessed during annual clinic visits alternating with telephone interviews every six months over six years.
“We observed about a 30 percent increased risk of mobility limitations for those older adults who had low levels of vitamin D, and almost a two-fold higher risk of mobility disability,” Houston said.
Houston continued that vitamin D plays an important role in muscle function, so it is plausible that low levels of the vitamin could result in the onset of decreased lower muscle strength and physical performance. Vitamin D may also indirectly affect physical function as low vitamin D levels have also been associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and lung disease-conditions that are frequent causes of decline in physical function Houston said people get vitamin D when it is naturally produced in the skin by sun exposure, by eating foods with vitamin D, such as fortified milk, juice and cereals, and by taking vitamin D supplements.
“About one-third of older adults have low vitamin D levels,” she said. “It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D through diet alone and older adults, who may not spend much time outdoors, may need to take a vitamin D supplement.”
Current recommendations call for people over age 70 to get 800 international units of vitamin D daily in their diet or supplements. Houston pointed out that current dietary recommendations are based solely on vitamin D’s effects on bone health.
“Higher amounts of vitamin D may be needed for the preservation of muscle strength and physical function as well as other health conditions,” she said.”However, clinical trials are needed to determine whether increasing vitamin D levels through diet or supplements has an effect on physical function.”