Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is involved in many functions our bodies need to perform daily. In addition to making healthy bones and teeth, vitamin D reduces the risk of hypertension, atherosclerotic heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Moreover, low levels of vitamin D may cause reduced thyroid function. Maintaining healthy levels of this important vitamin may also help prevent autoimmune disease and fight infections, specifically bacterial infections.
Vitamin D can help two prevalent health crises in our country: diabetes and cancer. Studies have shown improvements in insulin sensitivity and inflammation with higher levels of vitamin D. In addition, research suggests that sufficient vitamin D levels may reduce the risk for many types of cancer, including colon, breast and prostate, and inhibit cancer growth.
Current guidelines state that levels above 30 ng/ml are sufficient, but more studies are showing that levels above 50 to 60 ng/ml are needed to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. To get the body to these levels, it is important to consume foods rich in vitamin D, including salmon, tuna, mackerel, beef liver, mushrooms, eggs, raw milk, caviar and cod liver oil. Unlike other vitamins acquired from diet, vitamin D can also be made by your body when your skin is exposed to the sun, so get outside when the sun is shining.
Source: Ilona Samara, M.D., a functional medicine doctor. For more information, visit NewLifeMedicine.com.