Why we recommend every client take a pharmaceutical grade Vitamin D3
Numerous new studies are being published almost daily regarding the health benefits of vitamin D3 and the negative consequences of a deficiency. There are over 44,000 articles/studies on Vitamin D.
It was once thought to be a simple hormone involved in only bone and calcium metabolism. But now it appears to be a complex hormone that is not only involved in controlling calcium metabolism, it is also intimately involved in immune function, inflammation and many health concerns associated with aging such as poor immune health, elevated blood sugar, poor neurological health, abnormal cellular growth and others.
Studies add to a growing body of evidence that vitamin D has wide-ranging effects on bone and cardiovascular health, certain cancers, and muscle strength. Scientists also have recently found Vitamin D receptors in the brain, and the vitamin may affect proteins in the brain known to play a role in learning and memory, motor control, and possibly even maternal and social behavior. It has recently been linked to blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity, hence weight loss.
Conditions Linked to Vitamin D3 Deficiency
- Cardiovascular disease
- Insulin resistance
- Metabolic syndrome
- Breast and colon neoplasms
- Low birth-weight
- Upper respiratory infections
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Childhood asthma and allergies
- Decreased cognitive function
Bone Health: Absorption of calcium and energy are two important benefits of Vitamin D3. It is well-established that vitamin D3 and its relationship to calcium uptake and deposition plays a significant role in bone metabolism. Extreme vitamin D deficiency results in rickets and osteomalacia. However, long-term vitamin D insufficiency may also result in osteoporosis, which is of particular importance as 10 million Americans are estimated to already have the disease and nearly 34 million more have low bone mass (osteopenia). Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone mass is reduced, the structural integrity of the bone is diminished and the risk of fracture is increased.
At Risk – The Obese. In a British study, obese people were twice as likely as those of normal weight to be low in vitamin D. Hollis explains it’s because fat sponges up vitamin D and stores it, but doesn’t release it.
*Vitamin D May Reduce Mortality: Studies suggest that low vitamin D status could be associated with higher mortality from life-threatening conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes mellitus that account for 60 percent to 70 percent of total mortality in high-income countries.
Cancer Risk: Vitamin D3 deficiency has also been associated with increased cancer risk. Approximately 1 out of every 2 American men and 1 out of every 3 American women will develop some type of cancer during their lifetime.