Because Vitamin D is so cheap and so clearly reduces all-cause mortality,
I can say this with great certainty: Vitamin D represents the single most cost-effective medical intervention in the United States.
- Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, Medical Director, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing,
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dear Living Fuel Family,
If there is any good news that has emerged from the deluge of H1N1 swine flu information, it's the renewed interest in Vitamin D3. Particularly, much research is now drawing attention to the issues surrounding Vitamin D deficiencies and the link with compromised immunity and disease. In fact, Canada is examining Vitamin D for it's role in flu protection (1).
Data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that 9% (7.6 million) of children across the USA were Vitamin D deficient (defined as less than 15 ng/mL in the blood), while another 61 percent (50.8 million) were Vitamin D insufficient (15 to 29 ng/mL). This data shows 70% of children are Vitamin D deficient or insufficient based on blood levels of less than 30 ng/ml (2). Researchers now believe that ideal levels are 60 ng/ml which would likely put over 90 percent of the population deficient or insufficient.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with:
- Cold and Flu
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Ischemic heart disease
- Heart failure
- Cardiovascular disease among patients with diabetes
- Peripheral artery disease
- Immune system problems
- MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
- TB (Tuberculosis)
- Periodontal disease
- Chronic inflammation
- Chronic pain
- SAD (seasonal affective disorder)
- Cognitive impairment
- Parkinson's Disease (it is unclear whether Parkinson's causes low Vitamin D levels or whether low Vitamin D levels cause Parkinson's)
- Alzheimer's Disease (suspected by researchers from the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center)
- Bacterial vaginosis - a common vaginal infection that increases a pregnant woman's risk of preterm delivery
- Death from all causes
How much Vitamin D do you need?
The Vitamin D Council recommends, with average sun exposure, supplementing with 4,000-5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day for adults and 2,000-3,000 IU per day for children. Optimal levels are thought to be 60 ng/ml of 25-hydroxyvitamin D. We recommend that you test your Vitamin D levels twice per year - in the mid-winter and mid-summer to avoid toxic levels (>90 ng/ml). Ask your doctor to test your 25-hydroxy Vitamin D levels or order home test kits from The Life Extension Foundation
Video - The Real Story on Vitamin D
Today, we hear again from Dr. John Cannell, Executive Director of Vitamin D Council
. This illustrative six-minute news report is full of great information about Vitamin D's effectiveness and potency. Click on the graphic below to watch!