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Itís Time to Start Storing up Vitamin D

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) Itís high summer, just the right time to start building up Vitamin D stores so you can increase your chances of making it through the winter without colds, flu or cancer. Vitamin D made now and into the fall by the reaction of sun on exposed skin is stored in the body for several months, enough to see you through until the sun shines again in the spring.

Why bother getting Vitamin D from the sun when you can take a supplement instead? ĎVitaminí D isnít really a vitamin at all. It is a hormone and it functions in the body as other hormones do, meaning that taking a supplement of it suppresses the bodyís natural production and the net result may be less Vitamin D rather than more.

In 2008, a research team from Australia found that vitamin D supplements actually suppress the immune system and can make diseases worse because they reduce immunity rather than heightening it as does the sun.

Just as other hormones have receptors in the body, so does Vitamin D. Through its receptors, Vitamin D influences the expression of more than a thousand genes, including those that promote cancer and other diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

According to natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola MD, the body regulates the production of all the Vitamin D it needs in conjunction with sunshine. The two work as a team. Supplements of Vitamin D dysregulate this process and have been associated with many chronic disease states.

As a general rule, itís a good idea to get nutrients and compounds from their natural sources so that the cofactors that enhance their functioning in the body are also present. Nature has always known how to do it best!

Why is Vitamin D naturally found in only a handful of foods? The answer seems to be that humans were not meant to swallow Vitamin D. If this is true, it means that even infants should receive regular exposure to the sun as soon as they stop being breastfed, assuming that their mothers have adequate Vitamin D in their breast milk. If not, Dr. Mercola says newborn infants are designed to get Vitamin D from sun exposure.

 

What happens to people deficient in Vitamin D?

In a report published in June that examined Vitamin D deficiency and the clinical consequences, low levels of Vitamin D were associated with cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, tuberculosis, many types of cancer and increased mortality. Vitamin D deficiency was related to depression and impaired cognitive functioning. Aging and elevated body fat mass were cited as contributing to an increased risk of Vitamin D deficiency.

While a mild Vitamin D deficiency may not produce clinical symptoms, it can cause tiredness and generalized aches and pains. A more severe deficiency can cause serious problems such as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. During the perimenopause stage, which begin around age 32, women need increased amounts of Vitamin D, and during menopause the decline of estrogens and progesterone result in a decrease in bone mineral density and an elevated risk of fractures. This is exacerbated by a deficiency of Vitamin D.

Other people at in increased risk of vitamin D deficiency include pregnant or breastfeeding women, all infants and young children, and people over the age of 65. And of course, all people who wear sunscreen in a misguided effort to court good health. People with darker skin tones and those with certain gut, liver or kidney conditions also need more Vitamin D.

In a study published this year, researchers examined the role of Vitamin D metabolism and activity on the initiation of cancer. They found that

Vitamin D plays a part in the suppression of cancer cell invasion, progression, and metastasis. Sunlight exposure and the consequent increased levels of circulating Vitamin D are associated with the reduction of occurrence and death from several types of cancer, including skin, prostate, breast, colon, ovarian, kidney and bladder. Vitamin D receptors are highly expressed in cells at risk for the initiation of cancer, signaling deficiency of the hormone itself. Vitamin D receptor expression is retained in many human tumors to mark that deficiency, and Vitamin D status may be an important modulator of cancer progression in those with the disease.

So get rid of that sunscreen or give it to someone you donít like (just kidding). Whatever else you do, take some clothes off and get out in the sun.

See also:

New Study Shows Genetic Link between Vitamin D and Disease Prevention

Winter Sun Makes It Difficult To Get Vitamin D Naturally

Research From 100+ Countries Proves Sunlight Prevents Cancer

Let the Sun Shine on Your Health by Chris Beckett

For more information:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/02/12/why-vitamin-d-supplements-are-not-the-same-as-sunlight.aspx
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26204630
http://www.mercola.com/article/vitamin-d-resources.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26168131

About the Author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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AlignLife: http://alignlife.com/author/bminton/
Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/author358.html

 

 

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