What are the benefits of Vitamin D?
There are many benefits of having appropriate amounts of vitamin D. Here is a short list of a few of them.
- Reverses depression
- Lowers inflammation
- Boosts immune function
- Regulates over 2,000 genes
- Reduces risk of cancer
- Lowers blood pressure
- Optimizes body weight
- Prevents bone loss
- Helps with MS and autism
What makes Vitamin D so special?
The family of vitamin Ds, including D1, D2 and D3, are not typical vitamins. They are considered pro-hormones that you get primarily from sun exposure and food. Pro-hormones are not hormones themselves, but are committed precursors that amplify the effects of existing hormones.
What’s the best way to get Vitamin D?
According to Medical News Today, sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5 – 10 minutes 2 – 3 times per week allows adequate vitamin D production. Keep in mind that bare skin means skin not covered by sun block, clothing or behind glass. A sunscreen with as SPF 30 can reduce the body’s ability to absorb the UVB rays required to produce and synthesize vitamin D by 95%.
It is always best to get vitamins or minerals from natural sources and to use supplements as a secondary source. Here are a few natural primary sources for Vitamin D:
- Sensible sunlight on bare skin, preferably below the neck
- Cod liver oil, I tablespoon
- Sockeye salmon, swordfish, and herring, 4 oz
- Canned sardines and tuna in water
- Raw maitake or portabello mushrooms, 1 cup
- Eggs, whole large
When vitamin D is made in the skin, it lasts 2 – 3 times longer in your body. If you find that supplementation is necessary, remember vitamin K2 compliments high doses of vitamin D. Vitamin K2 helps move calcium to proper areas in your body such as bones and teeth, and helps remove it from harmful areas such as arteries and soft tissue. Also, remember to consult your medical professional.