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Vitamin D

3 essential components required for true health


There is no shortage of things people can do in order to live a healthier lifestyle. In fact, the frustration often lies in how much there is TO do, and not knowing where to start! If that is the case, start with these three fundamental factors and get started on the path to true health.

Calcium, vitamin D supplementation improves cholesterol in postmenopausal women


Maintaining high blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), which is said to be the most accurate indicator of vitamin D levels inside the body, appears to play a prominent role in mitigating inflammation and keeping cholesterol in check. Researchers from the Women's Health Initiative, publishing their findings in the online journal Menopause, found that postmenopausal women with the highest vitamin D levels fared the best in terms of cholesterol levels, suggesting that vitamin D could help prevent cardiovascular events.

High vitamin D levels in pregnant women lead to stronger babies


Children born to mothers with high vitamin D levels during pregnancy are significantly stronger at four years of age, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Southampton and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in January.

Science proves that low vitamin D leads to bone fractures


A new study out of Scandinavia has affirmed the importance of maintaining high vitamin D levels for healthy bones. Researchers from Sweden, after observing more than 1,000 elderly women over a 10-year evaluation period, learned that those who maintained consistent blood levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) above 50 nanomoles per liter (nmol/l) had nearly half the risk of suffering a bone fracture or osteoporosis compared to those with less than 50 nmol/l of 25OHD.

Americans in low-income, overweight and minority groups more susceptible to vitamin D, calcium deficiency


Millions of Americans are unable to meet recommended daily intakes of calcium and vitamin D because of socioeconomic conditions, even though they are vital nutrients in bone health during all phases of life, new research indicates.

High vitamin D levels improve symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients


Supplementation with vitamin D might decrease the severity and slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Bayer HealthCare, and published in the journal JAMA Neurology.

Five ways to get more vitamin D


People need adequate amounts of vitamin D in order to maintain their health. This vitamin has been linked to stronger bones as well as a lower risk of obesity, depression and Alzheimer's disease. With the health concerns associated with too much exposure to the sun -- a primary way for the body to be able to convert the sun's energy into a necessary form of vitamin D -- that can result in skin cancer, people have started slathering on lots of sunscreen as a deterrent. While some health experts debate the necessity of supplements that target this vitamin, there are other ways to get more vitamin D. The following foods can help increase the amount of vitamin D that a person is exposed to.

Vitamin D: Are you getting enough of this essential vitamin?


Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and one of the most important vitamins for our overall health. Though five forms of it are known to science (vitamins D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5), the two forms that matter most to us are D2 (ergocalciferol, a synthetic form made by irradiating fungus and plant matter) and D3 (cholecalciferol, a natural form created in our bodies from sunlight exposure). Aside from being more natural, vitamin D3 is 87 percent more potent than vitamin D2, making it the best form of vitamin D for our bodies.