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Increased Levels Of Vitamin D3 For Optimum Health

Vitamin D is one of the most beneficial nutrients for your entire health from head to toe. But as you get older, you are no longer able to maintain the adequate amounts of vitamin D that you need. So how can individuals help support optimal bone mineral levels and enhance their bone strength, while preventing this from becoming a continuing cause of their deteriorating health?


Most experts agree that adding more vitamin D to the diet through foods and/or supplements can help increase your bone strength. And contrary to decades of warnings about overexposure to the sun, a moderate amount of daily sun exposure can flood the body with vitamin D from the sun’s rays.

Research from The Vitamin D Council states that as little as 20 minutes spent in the sun produces up to 10,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D. This is close to 50 times the amount of the United States government’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 200 IU per day.

A vitamin D deficiency can not only lead to decreased bone strength, but according to the Council, medical studies show that ensuring optimal and adequate levels of this vitamin may promote heart and cardiovascular health, support strong immunity, enhance your mood and mental health, promote strong and healthy muscle function, and maintain healthy cellular function.

In fact, vitamin D is so important for the body that it helps maximize the use of other key nutrients including magnesium, zinc, vitamin K2, boron and vitamin A. However, obtaining and supplementing with the right kind of vitamin D can produce the greatest benefits for your health, as well. The Council states that vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is the most potent form of the nutrient and has strong health-promoting properties.

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Vitamin K2 May Reduce Cancer Risk

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People who have the highest intakes of vitamin K2, not vitamin K1, may significantly lower their risk of cancer and cancer mortality, according to results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study

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After analyzing data from over 24,000 participants who were followed for over 10 years, those who had the highest intakes of vitamin K2 were 14 percent less likely to develop cancer and 28 percent less likely to die of cancer compared to those with the lowest intakes.

A separate study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic also revealed impressive anti-cancer effects from vitamin K. Those with the highest dietary vitamin K intakes had a 45 percent lower risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, than those with the lowest.

Resources:
NutraIngredients March 30, 2010
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition May 2010

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How Much Oral Vitamin D Can be Taken?

New research has once again placed optimum vitamin D intake at much higher than the current recommended amount.

The study of 138 subjects suggested a daily dose of 3800 IU for those with adequate blood vitamin D levels, and 5000 IU each day for those who are vitamin D deficient.

The current recommended intakes for vitamin D are as low as 200 IU daily for those aged 19-50, and go only as high as 600 IU daily for those over the age of 70.

Sources: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 2008; 87(6):1952-1958 (Free Full-Text Report)

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