By NBH, Director of Education & Research, NBH Lifetime Health
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. The latest studies show a 50% reduction in the risk of strokes for those who have sufficient levels of Vitamin D3. Generally, this means blood levels of 60 to 80 for most of us and 5,000 to 10,000 IU per day of pharmaceutical D3.
*Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone and 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
- Breast Cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Insulin resistance & Obesity
- Metabolic syndrome
- Breast and colon neoplasms (abnormal new growth)
- Pre-eclampsia (hypertension arising in pregnancy)
- Low birth-weight
- Upper respiratory infections
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Childhood asthma and allergies
- Decreased cognitive function
Lab Test: The quality of over-the-counter supplements vary widely. A simple lab test will determine (1) your level of D3 and (2) they effectiveness of the D3 you are taking if any.