After reading the comments from my last article on Omega 3 fish oil supplements, I was pleased to see that so many of you are already up to speed about this week’s topic. Actually, you took the words right out of my thoughts as I wrote my last article, preparing for the next.
So let’s sunbathe in the importance of why vitamin D has become one of the most talked about and written about supplements of the decade.
According to ongoing medical research, the fact remains that a huge part of our population from newborns to the frail elderly, and many others in between are deficient in this essential nutrient. The potential consequence of this deficiency are likely to go far beyond inadequate bone development and excessive bone loss that can result in falls and fractures.
Every tissue in the body, including the brain, heart, muscles and immune system, has receptors for vitamin D. In other words, this nutrient is essential at proper levels for the tissues in our bodies to function well. Studies indicate that the effects of a vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing (and dying from) colon, breast and prostate cancers; high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis; immune system abnormalities that can result in disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Continue Reading…