Are you getting enough vitamin D? Are you sure about that? Low levels of this all-important vitamin (really a hormone) are associated with depression, autism, psychosis, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, about 18 types of cancer, and obesity. Deficiencies in vitamin D are widespread. nearly 90 percent of the people we test areseriouslydeficient.
As you may know, our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun. If you’re very, very careful, you might be able to get most of your vitamin D via sun exposure, as long as you don’t overdo it, since too much sun can lead to skin cancer.Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D.of Boston University, a leading expert on vitamin D, says the skin is so efficient at making “D” that exposure to the sun in a bathing suit for the amount of sun needed to turn skin red (typically no more than 15-20 minutes on Cape Cod in June or July at noon) is equivalent to taking 20,000 IU of vitamin D orally! Spending 15 to 20 minutes in the sun a few times a week in the summer can bump up your vitamin D levels. But don’t forget to coat yourself with sunscreen after that.
The best food sources of vitamin D are fatty fish, including salmon, tuna and mackerel as well as eggs and some mushrooms. Even if you really like fish, you probably don’t want to eat it every day, but even if you did, you still might not get enough “D”. Fortified foods, including milk and some cereals, provide some “D”, but as you know they’re off limits on the Omni Diet because they do you more harm than good.
Vitamin D is acrucialnutrient. It helps your body absorb calcium from foods and it helps balance blood levels of calcium and phosphate, which promotes bone health. When people don’t get enough vitamin D, their bones can become brittle and thin and can break more easily. Vitamin D, which has anti-inflammatory properties, is also crucial for the health of your cells, muscles, and immune system.
Why am I telling you this now?
The latest news on vitamin D and health is another downer. An internationalstudyshows that seniors with very low levels of “D” are at twice the risk of Alzheimer’s disease!
True, the new study isn’t the first to find a link between low levels of vitamin D and Alzheimer’s, but it is a very important one because it is the largest to date, and it confirms the findings of earlier, smaller studies — our brains as well as our bodies are at risk if we don’t get enough vitamin D.
Supplementing with vitamin D now is not guaranteed to prevent dementia later in life, but do you want to take that risk? For overall wellbeing, I recommend everyone take a vitamin D supplement.
Hexane-Free Vitamin D3
Immunity, Bone Metabolism, Cold and Flu Prevention, Mood Support
D3 Serum, by
Premier Research Labs is your reliable source for the healthiest, natural
vitamin D3. No solvents (hexane) have been used for extraction that
may impair the D3 Serum biofield and compromise the long-term
benefits of this live-source vitamin D3. How Can
You Get Vitamin D? Vitamin D is
one of the few nutrients the body needs, that does not come from a wide variety
of foods. Although salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna can deliver about 200
I.U./serving, they are not an adequate source of D3. After
fortification, milk delivers only vitamin D2 - not D3,
the real thing. Vitamin D2 is also added to fortified dairy products
but does not function in the same way as D3. Vitamin D3
can be more than 3 times as effective as D2 in maintaining and
raising vitamin D blood levels. Although vitamin D3 is more
expensive to produce, it is clearly superior to D2. That is
why we only use D3 in our D3 Serum. The body was
designed to manufacture a sufficient amount of vitamin D simply by skin
exposure to sunlight, which converts 7-dehydrocholesterol to cholecalciferol.
Cholecalciferol in turn is hydroxylated at the liver forming 25(OH) D. At the
kidneys, 25(OH)D is metabolized to the most active form of vitamin D
1,25(OH)2D3. Sadly, we as a nation do not spend much time in sunlight and when
we do, our skin is mostly covered. As a consequence, most people have low
levels of vitamin D3 which has initiated a ground swell of
scientific research calling for increased daily vitamin D3 intake for all Americans.
of Live-Source Vitamin D3:
Immunity: Population groups with greater direct sunlight
exposure or more vitamin D3 exposure, were found to have
stronger immune function than those with restricted sunlight exposure.*
Vitamin D3 receptors are known to exist on most immune cells
and play a role in maintaining healthy immune cell maturity,
differentiation and integration.
Breast and Mucosal
indicates optimal serum levels of vitamin D3 may be important
in maintaining the best health of the cells of the breasts, lungs, colon,
esophagus, stomach, pancreas, bladder, prostate, uterus, ovaries and
Bone Health: In a 3-year randomized controlled study,
vitamin D3 and calcium supplementation promoted bone strength
and reduced risk of falling in women aged 65 or older. Vitamin D3
supplements were shown to support hip and non-vertabral bone health in a
meta-analysis of twelve double-blind randomized controlled trials of
20,000 people. Vitamin D is essential for healthy calcium metabolism; it
promotes intestinal calcium and phosphorus uptake and can reduce urinary
Function: Research indicates vitamin D may promote
neural health by supporting healthy nerve conduction potential,
antioxidant defense and neuronal calcium regulation. High circulating
blood levels of end-chain vitamin D3, 25- hydroxyvitamin D,
were associated with nerve and myelin health in a study of 7 million U.S.
military personnel, published in JANA,
Cognition: Higher levels of
vitamin D were correlated with healthy mood and mental function in two
studies of more than 300 elderly people. Additionally, we now know that
vitamin D receptors and vitamin D hydroxylation pathways exist in areas of
the brain responsible for memory and cognition.
Heart Health: Healthy blood
vessel relaxation and blood flow are associated with ideal levels of
vitamin D3. Healthy inflammatory response, antioxidant defense
and cytokine production are associated with optimal blood levels of
vitamin D as well.
Serving Size: 1 Drop (.09 ml)
Servings Per Container: about 165
drop contains: Vitamin D3 (2200 IU/serving) Other
Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin E
Use: Adults or
children (age 4 and above): To build up reserves start out with taking 12 drops
once a day for 8 weeks. Then take 2-6 drops daily. Take orally by placing a
drop directly in the mouth. * If you have
gallbladder issues, then it is best to stay on higher dosages
Ultra-D Complex (K35) and Ultra-D 5000 (K78) offer high-potency vitamin D (cholecalciferol) with its key cofactors in a base of cod liver oil which is a natural source of vitamin D vitamin A EPA and DHA. Ultra-D Complex contains 2000 IU of vitamin D per serving and Ultra-D 5000 provides 5000 IU of vitamin D per serving (both in a pleasant orange flavor without a fishy taste). They are also an excellent source of vitamin B6 and biotin. Genistein rosemary leaf extract (carnosic acid) magnesium pantethine calcium and boron are also included in these formulas.
Ultra-D 5000 further incorporates vitamin K which should not be taken with certain medications such as warfarin.
Suggested use: Take 1 teaspoon once a day with a meal or as directed by your healthcare professional. Shake well before use. Refrigerate upon receipt.