Vitamin D is critical to good overall health…..allow me to explain.
Vitamin D is converted into a hormone by the body and serves many critical roles. It helps maintain bone health, has an important role in reducing inflammation and has a major impact on the immune system. If you have a Vitamin D deficiency, you increases risk of bone loss, inflammatory disorders, autoimmune diseases as well as cancer. In fact, Vitamin D3 has been shown to ward off the flu virus.
Normally, sunlight is converted to Vitamin D on the skin but areas in the northern area of the country have serious deficiencies, especially during the colder months. At your next blood test, have your doctor test your Vitamin D by measuring 25- hydroxy. The range given is 30-100 but you want to be in the optimal range which is 50-60. If you are levels are deficient, take an extra 1000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 for every 10 points that you need to increase and then re-test in 16 weeks. Liquid D3 (1 drop equals 1000 IU’s) is preferable since it is better absorbed but capsules will work as well.
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