Check the Chart for the Amounts of Vitamin D that can Help Prevent Disease

woman-with-chart3Have you ever wondered exactly what a vitamin is? A vitamin is an organic compound which is needed by an organism for it’s life, growth, or metabolism and must be acquired via food or environmental sources.

Vitamin D is a very unique vitamin because it can be derived from food and sunlight. There is only one natural form of Vitamin D which is D3. However this naturally occurring form has three different names:

  • Cholecalciferol – the form of D3 produced when sunlight lingers on bare skin and also available in supplement form.
  • Calcidiol – a hormone precursor created in the blood from cholecalciferol. Vitamin D tests check calcidiol levels in the blood.
  • Calcitriol– a hormone created in the kidneys from calcidiol and cholecalciferol with significant cancer-fighting abilities.

Many people who have had their Vitamin D levels tested are then written prescriptions for Vitamin D2.  Vitamin D2 is called ergocalciferol or calciferol. Vitamin D2 is an inactive form created from fungus and, unlike D3,  is not naturally occurring to the human body. The reduced bioavailability of Vitamin D2 makes it much more difficult for the human body to utilize.

Adequate amounts of Vitamin D3 have been shown to dramatically reduce serious health risks.  The following chart provided by GrassRootsHealth.org shows specific correlations between measured levels of Vitamin D3 and deduced incidents of disease and cancer including:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Male Heart Attacks
  • Fractures and Falls
Disease Incident Reductions with Vitamin D

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Vitamin D3 also improves:

  • Obesity and Weight-loss
  • Insulin resistance
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression

Due to the broad range of influence that Vitamin D has on hormone production, mineralization, bone development, and immune function its necessity has become quite apparent. Groups of people who are particularly at risk for Vitamin D deficiency are:

  • Breastfed infants
  • People over 50 years old
  • Obese individuals
  • Those experiencing limited sun exposure
  • Darker skin complexions
  • People with absorption problems (Crohns, IBS, etc.)

Using a highly bioavailable, excellent quality, isotonic supplement like Isotonix® Vitamin D with K2, which contains 5000 iu’s per dose of natural D3, is my recommendation to D deficiency.

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