Top 5 Reasons to Get More Vitamin D

Posted on February 11, 2011. Filed under: -- Uncategorized, health | Tags: , , , |

Some people think of Vitamin D as “sunshine in a pill.” At least for me, I know this is what I used to think when I would get cabin fever when I lived up in Vermont.   However, Vitamin D has a lot more benefits than most of us are aware of and below are 5 good reasons to add  a little more “D-fense” into your diet. I got these from the Women’s Health magazine this month.

PS- Based on new research, you should get 1,000 to 2,000 IU a day.

1.  HELP FIGHT CANCER.  Vitamin D regulates cellular growth, so if a cell becomes abnormal or malignant, D tries to normalize it, or if that doesnt work, kill it by blocking off it’s blood supply. This is according to Michael F. Holick, Ph.D, M.D. from the Boston School of Medicine. Studies show it will cut the risk of colorectal and breast cancers, but it has been found it will not do the same for ovarian, endometrial or esophageal cancer, according to the American Journal of Epidemiology. Bummer.

2. HELP BOOST AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES. Research shows that ample D levels could cut a woman’s overall MS risk by 40% and also helps strengten the immune system (of both men and women). Essentially every tissue in your body needs vitamin D and the nutrient affects some 2,000 genes.

3.  HELP FIGHT BONE DISEASE. It’s great for your bones, and way better than most people have thought.

4.  HELP FIGHT HEART DISEASE. Keep that heart pumping love. Sarfraz Zaidi, M.D. says “If you’re low in D, you’re at twice the risk of having heart disease.”

5. HELP WITH DEPRESSION. Women with low Vitamin D levels are twice as likely to suffer depression, according to The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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