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Vitamin D – How to Get the Most From Vitamin D

Growing up I never realized the importance, until a few years ago how Vitamin D is such an amazing and important Vitamin. Vitamin D is produced in the skin through exposure to direct sunlight. This makes it very difficult to get adequate amounts without supplementation.

Vitamin D is produced in the skin through exposure to direct sunlight. This makes it very difficult to get adequate amounts without supplementation. Recent research indicates that we are not getting nearly enough vitamin D and that we are at least Dangerous for Optimal Health.

When I say that we are at least dangerous, I am not saying that we are in danger of dying. We are in danger of aging, and dying early is no death! A contributing factor to the rising number of older and dying people is the wide gap in the nutrition of the people.

Supplementation of Vitamin D is very important for people in the northern regions of the US. The time of year, relative to our tropical year, is that there is less sun and there are more people taking protection from the sun.

Much of the vitamin D our skin can produce only works for a limited time. Research by Dr.ting and some other scientists indicate that the vitamin is reabsorbed at least twice as fast as we have evolved to produce it. Meaning, if we didn’t have enough during the last production cycle, there is less current production.

As Dr.ting’s review of the vitamin D research put it:

There are a number of these delicate balancing acts, all within a single human cell. With the addition of Vitamin D, and the flexibility provided by cell signaling, delicate EEG patterns can be maintained for years through total physiological awareness of biochemistry.

Vitamin D also seems to have the most effect on the nucleus anyway. How this happens is really a complex biological operation, but I’ll try to cover that in another article.

In our skin, efficient production of Vitamin D occurs when 7-dehydrocholesterol is esterified by mineral zinc and formed into a stable society.

This is really important, since that is how the majority of our skin is made available for Vitamin D uptake.

In addition to this complicated process, what must be understood is that Vitamin D is converted in the body to its active form in the presence of sunlight. Unfortunately for us poor folks in the northern hemisphere, UV light is not available for most of the year.

What this means is that we need to get the Vitamin D that our skin can produce from either the diet or products that are available. The level of Vitamin D required to maintain a certain amount of health is quite modest.

This means that if your diet does not provide you with sufficient amounts of Vitamin D, and you use sun screen lotions, then you are using up Vitamin D from your own body and it isn’t being used from your skin. Or if you are using sun screen lotions, then some of the Vitamin D you are using is being lost in the process.

Vitamin D is necessary for the following cellular functions:

• May control the expression of atorvastatin, one of the most important prescription drugs used for lowering cholesterol

• Contributes to the production of healthy cartilage in our joints

• Maintains calcium in the soft tissues of our bodies

• Increases calcium absorption in the kidneys

• Uses phosphorus in the soft tissues of our bodies

• Is involved in the development of Alzheimer’s

• Increases our ability to ward off and prevent infections

• Promote hormone balance

• Help us transport calcium from our bones to our teeth

• and Harness the power of zinc

In other words, Vitamin D is essential to almost all aspects of human physiology. This means that if you aren’t getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D, you may have a number of health problems.

People who are obese are likelier to lack Vitamin D. The medical research that has been done on this group determined that they are twice as likely to have a deficiency as compared to their metabolically similar, leaner counterparts.

One of the good news is, that it is possible to maintain a level of Vitamin D within a reasonable range for healthy, active individuals by taking approximately 800,000 IU of Vitamin D supplements per day. However, this amount is actually quite high, because individuals with Vitamin D deficiencies may actually need up to 4,000,000 IU a day.

It is on the basis of this latter figure that it is generally decided that individuals will need Vitamin D supplements to support optimum health, wellness and resistance to disease.

For most people, the current RDA for Vitamin D is 200 IU, which is only about one-fifth of the optimum level.

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