Tag Archives: vitamin

Are You Getting The D…

Afternoon Guys,
Depending on where you live you might be lacking in the all important vitamin known as Vit-D or D3.
The body uses this more as a hormone than a vitamin in their typical sense because of the amount of receptors the body has for it. This is why they typical RDA is actually a little on the low side and some extra supplementation of this product would’t go amiss.
It’s becoming evident that higher doses of vitamin D are required to support its other activities in tissues such as heart muscle, brain cells, and fat tissue, to name just a few. Additionally, vitamin D regulates genes that control cell growth and development, immune function, cardio vascular health and metabolic control (hormonal regulation).
These days there is an increasing number of people who have become deficient in D/D3 and it’s leading to various health problems. According to some sources on various health websites these are the current ‘recommended’ numbers:
– People who are considered vitamin D “sufficient” have blood levels of at least 30 ng/mL. However, optimal vitamin D status is achieved with a minimum of 50 ng/mL.
-Those considered “insufficient” (meaning their bodies aren’t at optimal vitamin D capacity) have levels between 21 and 29 ng/mL.
– Those who are “deficient” are defined as having levels at or below 20 ng/mL.
Some bits you may or may not know:
Vitamin D: Essential Hormone
Most people think of vitamin D as the “bone vitamin,” but recent discoveries show that vitamin D is essential for a tremendous number of normal body processes, much like magnesium which people are also highly deficient in these days. Virtually every tissue type in the body possesses receptors for the activated vitamin D molecule, defining it as a true hormone according to the research.
Low vitamin D levels are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular and neurological disease, cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders, while there are obviously other factors to all of these you’d to well to control the factors you can rather than leave it all to hap hazard chance.
The majority of people have vitamin D levels below the minimum recommended concentration of 50 ng/mL, explaining in part the high prevalence of these diseases, this is usually due to the typical office worker job and youths vampire like nature these days and high avoidance of the sun. Fortunately, supplementation with vitamin D3 has been shown to be protective for all of these conditions, when taken at the dose of at least 2,000 IU/day. (Most people need 5,000 to 7,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 to achieve optimal blood levels.)
What is the answer to this?
Get out in the sun as often as you can and bask in its glory for 20-30min at a time if possible. Alternatively supplementing with 2,000-8,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 is the best way to get your levels back to normal and to promote your body’s maintenance—not just of bone health, but of robust cardiovascular, metabolic, neurologic, and immune function, hormonal balance and many other things.
Remember to take your vitamin D with the meal of the day that contains the most fat, as this greatly enhances vitamin D absorption.
If you’re not sure on your levels then get them tested now—but don’t wait for the results. Odds are that you haven’t got enough vitamin D in your body for optimal health, so you should begin a vitamin D3 supplement today. That is if you’re an office worker or teenager obsessed with online gaming.

Leave a comment

Filed under Fitness, Nutrition & Health