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In This Month's Newsletter:
Vitamin D - The Sunshine Hormone and Why It's Important
We review many of the benefits of Vitamin D-3
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Vitamin D is technically not a vitamin. It is a group of fat-soluble prohormones that are precursors to hormones, and have little hormonal activity by themselves. In more simple terms, vitamin D is a nutrient the body produces on its own in response to sun exposure.
But, if the body produces vitamin D on its own, why then do I need to supplement?
The short answer is that vitamin D deficiency can be a significant detriment to good health. And, because we have spent the last 30 years believing that even the smallest amount of sun exposure may be harmful, we’ve avoided it. The unintended consequence of blocking out the sun is that most folks do not get as much sun exposure as they used to and/or need. In fact, vitamin D deficiency has become so common and widespread in the 21st century that researchers are calling it a pandemic.
Vitamin D is a very complex substance and vital beyond the common understanding. Unfortunately, for too many years the old vitamin D story was limited to "strong bones and teeth", or the mineralization of bones. But, more current science and many clinical studies indicate that the more "up to date" vitamin D story, with a special emphasis on vitamin D-3, is far more expansive and interesting.
What does Vitamin D do?
Vitamin D :
• Regulates calcium in all cells (especially brain cells)
• Protects the immune system
• Regulates cell growth and cell death
• Provides antioxidant benefits
It's not how much you take but how much your body can absorb...
Micro D3 provides up to 10X more absorption
Vitamin D-3 Protects Your Brain
Vitamin D-3 plays a major role in a number of mechanisms that protect the brain:
• It is a powerful antioxidant
• It increases neuron glutathione levels
• It reduces harmful levels of nitric
oxide, which can form a brain destroying
free radical called peroxynitrite
One of the most exciting findings is that vitamin D-3 is a neurohormone, and like other neurohormones in the brain, it plays a number of roles in brain function. Recent research has shown that all cells in the brain have receptors for vitamin D-3, both in the nucleus and on their membranes.*
Studies regarding pregnancy have shown that vitamin D-3 receptors play a major role in brain development, both while the baby is in the uterus and after it is born. Low vitamin D intake or low exposure to the sun by pregnant mothers can result in behavioral problems as the child ages. And, because vitamin D is critical to how the brain develops, acute vitamin D-3 deficiencies can result in abnormal brain growth and development.*
Vitamin D-3 is really a super vitamin and an essential aid to good health. If you are not taking a vitamin D-3 supplement or you are taking low doses of vitamin D-3; we recommend some additional research and talking to your doctor about benefits of increasing your daily dose. Clinical studies show that the historical recommended dose of 400IU per day is just not enough, especially in the winter months when sun exposure is even more dramatically reduced. Many researchers today agree that necessary blood levels should be a minimum of 0f 40-60 ng/ml with some arguing that 80 ng/ml is a more optimal amount. The Grassroots Health Site below has very good information about the benefits of high levels of Vitamin D and the importance of testing. (we have no relationship to any of these sites)
Best of health from all of us at Nutrasal.
Yours in health,
Bruce E. Perry
President, Nutrasal, Inc.