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Vitamin D

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.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to host of woes

After years of horror stories and hysterical cautions by many media outlets about the harmful effects of the sun and the necessity of slathering on plenty of high SPF sunscreen, the benefits of the vitamin that humans make from their exposure to it continue to mount. Evidence of a vitamin D deficiency, and its link to a number of health conditions, continues to grow. This brings up the need for a sensible plan designed to gain the necessary exposure to the sun as required for good health while also offering the necessary protection.

Vitamin D supplemenation helps fibromyalgia patients manage pain

Fibromyalgia is a state of inflammation and fatigue that causes muscle pains and sensitivity. It's a condition that tears down one's quality of life, bringing anxiety and depression. It's a condition that more people are experiencing; estimates show that 1 in 25 now suffer from this painful condition. The CDC reports that a whopping 5 million people are hurting in this way every year. Professionals believe the condition is brought on by a sensitive nervous system. Sleep disturbances and abnormal pain processing play a major role. Common symptoms include morning stiffness, tingling or numbness in hands and feet, migraine headaches and even irritable bowel syndrome.

Lack of vitamin D can lead to chronic pain, depression: study

Supplementing with vitamin D can help mitigate the pain and depression often associated with type 2 diabetes, says a new study out of Loyola University in Chicago. Researchers there found that women with the disease who suffered from numbness, tingling and pain in their hands, fingers and legs, as well as those with depression issues, benefited when taking regular high doses of vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency increases pregnant women's risk of gestational diabetes, C-section delivery and other health conditions

A growing number of pregnant women are beginning to develop gestational diabetes during their pregnancy, usually around the 24th week. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 18 percent of hospital pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes. This means that a woman is unable to make and use all the insulin she needs during pregnancy. This condition also increases the risk of Caesarean section delivery, which is a growing medical interventionist procedure.

Treat your hypertension naturally with vitamin D

Vitamin D supplementation may be as effective at treating high blood pressure as certain prescription drugs, research has shown. If this is true, then millions of people may be able to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke through the safe and simple means of getting more sunlight or taking a vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin D prevents arterial plaque in diabetics to lower heart disease risk

Diabetics' risk of developing heart disease or suffering a fatal heart attack are nearly doubled due to the devastating effect of insulin dysfunction and high blood glucose levels. Experts estimate that as many as one in three Americans will be affected by diabetes through the year 2050, a strong indicator that rates of cardiovascular disease and death from heart attack will skyrocket in a linear fashion. Fortunately, diabetes and heart disease are preventable through proper diet, physical activity, lifestyle alterations and a host of natural compounds including vitamin D.