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Benefits of Vitamin D

12 February, 2018

Most people I ask believe that if they are taking a multivitamin, they are getting an adequate amount of Vitamin D. This is simply not true. However, it IS possible to have too high a level of D so it’s worth getting it checked twice yearly; once in the middle of winter and once in the middle of summer. That being said, the majority of people have vitamin D levels that are terribly low, like a blood serum level of 10-20. For ideal body function, a level of 60-80 ng/mL is recommended. Depending on your height, weight and how much sun exposure you get, that could be approximately 4,000-8,000 or more Iu’s a day. Proper vitamin D levels are linked to preventing multiple types of cancer. Below is a summary of some study results, but you can see full details at this Dr. Mercola article. Having a serum vitamin D level of 40ng/mL has been shown to reduce your risk for cancer by 67%, compared to having a level of 20 ng/mL A 2015 study found women with vitamin D concentrations of at least 30 ng/mL had a 55%lower risk of colorectal cancer. A new study shows a very clear 80 percent decrease in breast cancer incidence when serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels increase from 20 ng/ml to 60 ng/ml. As one of the world's most published researchers on cancer and vitamin D, Dr. Garland has maintained for many years that "breast cancer is a vitamin D deficiency disease." If that isn’t motivation enough, adequate Vitamin D levels can also reduce depression, pregnancy complications and premature birth, Type 2 diabetes and a variety of cancers, including breast cancer. Research shows that higher vitamin D levels can help prevent and/or treat: macular degeneration, infectious diseases like the flu, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s, and Gastrointestinal diseases. Four Key Supplements: Vitamin D, K2, Calcium and Magnesium The best way to optimize your vitamin D level is through sensible sun exposure. However, during the winter that can be difficult to achieve, particularly if you live here! In that case taking a vitamin D3 supplement is recommended. Just keep in mind that if you take high-dose vitamin D, you may also need to increase your intake of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K2 as well, as these four nutrients work in tandem and rely on sufficient amounts of each to work optimally. Lastly, on a personal note, since taking Vitamin D over the past two years, our family, both kids and adults have had minimal illness. In the unlikely event that the kids do get a cold, it lasts a significantly shorter period of time. I can really notice a difference in my energy level and overall health. If you are looking for a good quality supplement, we sell a liquid Vitamin D with K2 in the office. It is $25 and should last you several months. I generally recommend taking 4,000-5,000 Iu’s daily during the winter. Stay well, Dr Coates

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