More and more research is proving that vitamin D is a medical marvel. Taking 1,100 IU of Vitamin D a day could decrease your risk of cancer by 60 percent, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that followed 1,179 people for four years.
Another study, in the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests that keeping your Vitamin D levels up may help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. The researchers found that high levels of Vitamin D in the blood correspond to a reduced risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Still another study, in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, showed that seniors who are Vitamin D deficient are more than twice as likely to be in poor physical health.
Ask your doctor for a Vitamin D blood test to find out if you need a supplement or if you’re getting enough from food. Salmon, eggs, and fortified milk are great sources of the vitamin.
I’ve breached the topic of Vitamin D and its many benefits and surprisingly high deficiency rates most recently in my previous post, Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency which was included in my Optimize Your Diet series. Vitamin D deficiency is strangely common considering we make it ourselves when we spend time in the sun. Maybe this is a reason why manual laborers identified in Buettner’s The Blue Zones had low rates of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Let this post be another plug for getting more Vitamin D as I believe it will help you live a longer, healthier life.
Best Life, Oct 2007