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Vitamin D Update

Annals of Neurology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Both research papers suggest that battling deficiencies in elderly populations and people with multiple sclerosis could help to improve health and quality of life with vitamin D3.

In the first study, published in Annals of Neurology, researchers from Johns Hopkins University reveal that low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased number of brain lesions and signs of a more active disease state in people with MS.
Low levels of vitamin D could be responsible for more severe multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms and an increased risk of death in the elderly.

Some 2,362 brain MRI scans from 496 people were studied. Researchers found that each 10 ng/ml increase in 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels was associated with a 15% lower risk of new T2 lesions and a 32% lower risk of a gadolinium-enhancing lesion. Each 10ng/ml higher vitamin D level was also associated with lower disability.
“Lower levels of vitamin D are associated with more inflammation and lesions in the brain. If we are able to prove that through our currently-enrolling trial, it will change the way people with multiple sclerosis are treated.”

The second study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, suggests that low levels of D, in combination with high levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), are associated with increased mortality in African American and Caucasian older adults. Researchers looked at 2,638 well-functioning blacks and whites (49% male, 39% black) aged 71-80 years with measured 25(OH)D and PTH. “We observed vitamin D insufficiency in one-third of our study participants. This was associated with a 50% increase in the mortality rate in older adults.”

The good news is it’s easy to improve vitamin D status either through increased skin exposure to sunlight or through diet or supplements.

Annals of Neurology 72(2):234-240, 2012
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism; Published online ahead of print.

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Help depression naturally

Plenty of depressed patients HAVE omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.

Brain cells are coated with fats and need omega-3 fatty acids. Brain cell receptors process serotonin, the hormone that may help regulate our sense of well being.

For “persistent depression,” one gram of EPA daily significantly helps reduce depressive symptoms. If depressed patients followed the EPA protocol for two months — adding ample amounts of vitamin D3 and B vitamins (especially B-12) — you would probably feel better.

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Vitamin D3 & Bone Health

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July 30, 2010 

 

 
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Osteoporosis & Ostera 

 

Ostera (a natural supplement from Metagenics) versus the new crop of osteoporosis drugs such as denosumab. Let’s see: 
Denosumab is given by injection
Denosumab may cost more than $10,000 per year
Denosumab works by affecting the immune system, so the long-term effects on immune function and cancer risk are unknown and will need to be tracked by the FDA.

Or would you rather try something less-expensive and drug- free?

 

Ostera! A supplement that promotes healthy bone remodeling in postmenopausal women. Researchers at Metaproteomics, a nutrigenomic research and development company employing more than 40 scientists and physicians at its research centers in the US and Europe, developed Ostera. Drawing on the anti-inflammatory properties of hops, as well as other unique nutritional agents like berberine and acacia, Ostera is a potent promoter of bone-remodeling.

 

Osteoporosis is actually an INFLAMMATORY DISEASE. Inflammation accelerates bone loss. But all of us tend toward inflammation as we age, and this body-wide process does not exempt the bones. The realization that inflammation is at the core of osteoporosis has prompted investigation into new drug therapies that specifically target bone inflammation. One such drug is denosumab, now in clinical trials. Denosumab is a breakthrough bio-engineered monoclonal antibody. This new Amgen drug has shown significant benefits in clinical trials, and promises to be a block-buster once it’s approved within a couple of years. But it’s certain to be VERY expensive, and it requires injections to work. I predict these new drugs will arrive at an opportune time: just when the medical establishment and the public will be in full retreat from the current crop of medications, as their limitations and side effects become increasingly evident. 

 

Ostera, in combination with a Mediterranean-style, low-glycemic-load diet and aerobic exercise, has been clinically shown in postmenopausal women to beneficially influence key biomarkers of bone remodeling more than diet and exercise alone.

 
When Ostera was field-tested on 77 postmenopausal women with low estrogen. It produced dramatic improvements (greater than 40%) in markers of bone turnover. Those patients adding Ostera to there arsenal of natural therapies for osteoporosis will further enhance there results, sometimes even after a few short months of treatment. 
Ostera is perfectly safe with other natural supplements and prescribed medications.
Dr. Tucker’s osteoporosis recommendation: 
Cal Apatite Forte Capsules  Daily supplements of vitamin D and calcium.
Ostera A safe natural alternative for bone support.
Sources:
“Studies: New Osteoporosis Drug Cuts Fracture Risk” Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press, 8/11/09, ap.org

 

More on Vitamin D…

 

Vitamin D intake is important for muscle function, bone health, fighting cancer, improving heart health, and preventing type 2 diabetes. That’s why I think more is better… 
The International Osteoporosis Foundation supports raising the recommended daily intake of vitamin D to:
1) Daily intake of 800 to 1,000 IU
2) Daily intake of 2,000 for those who have osteoporosis, get limited sun exposure, or are obese.

This higher dosage is absolutely a step in the right direction, but it’s just starting to approach the daily D intake I recommend – between 2,000 and 3,000 IU daily, and 5,000 IU daily for those over the age of 40. 

Wake Forest University researchers examined data from a study that measured blood levels of D in more than 2,780 elderly subjects. Three blood samples were taken from each subject over the course of four years. Results showed that higher blood levels of D were linked to better physical function, while about 90 percent of subjects with the lowest D levels had poorer physical function. 

TIP: You may be able to significantly boost your vitamin D levels by following one simple habit: Take D supplements with your largest meal of the day. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Bone Clinic recruited 17 subjects who had remained vitamin D deficient even after being treated for their deficiency.

For 2-3 months, each subject began taking their D supplements with the largest meal of the day. Dosage levels varied from 1,000 to 50,000 IU daily.

Results: Overall, absorption of the vitamin was improved and blood levels of D increased by more than 50 percent when D was taken at a meal. 

Take Home Point: Take vitamin D supplements at lunch or dinner time.

 

I recommend Iso D3. Either the 2000 IU or 5000 IU depending on age and exposure to sunshime. Iso D3 is the preferred form of vitamin D3 with Isoflavones.

 

 

These exercises prevent the natural progression of kyphosis (rounded back)

Rounded shoulders & slumped posture increases in healthy men & women with age, with the most rapid increase occurring between 50 and 60 years. The progression of rounded shoulders was prevented in those performed these extension exercises three times a week for one year. 
Like everything else I teach you, compliance is important.
Exercises which strengthen the extensor muscles of the spine can delay the progression of hyperkyphosis (rounded back).

 

Source: Ball et al. Department of Physical Therapy Education, School of Allied Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas, KS, USA.

 

 

 

 

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Vitamin D update – up to 8,000 IUs needed daily

Don’t let anyone downplay the ability of vitamin D to prevent cancer, a new study appearing in the journal Anticancer Research lays out the simple, powerful truth about vitamin D that I’ve been teaching for years: A typical adults needs 4,000 – 8,000 IUs of vitamin D each day to prevent cancer, MS and type-1 diabetes, not the ridiculously low 400 – 800 IUs recommended by the U.S. government. The new research was conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha.

This research establishes the relationship between vitamin D dosage and circulating vitamin D levels in the blood.  Vitamin D turns out to be one of the simplest, safest and most affordable ways to prevent degenerative disease and sharply reduce long-term health care costs. Up to 8,000 IUs needed daily “We found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4,000 to 8,000 IU [international units] are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce by about half the risk of several diseases — breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes,” said Dr. Cedric Garland. 

 90% vitamin D deficiency rate across U.S. population

I personally take Iso D3 5,000 IU daily from Metagenic.  Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Vitamin D Update From the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism

June 16-19, 2010 in Rome, Italy — vitamin D deficiency is a common feature in patients with a range of painful rheumatic and related autoimmune disorders. What is less clear, however, is the amount of vitamin D supplementation that would benefit these patients.

Here are highlights from three recent studies:

  1. Researchers in the UK assessed levels of vitamin D in patients with either inflammatory joint diseases (ie, rheumatoid arthritis, RA), osteoporosis, or unexplained muscle pain (ie, myalgia) — 30 subjects in each group — compared with a control group of 90 patients with chronic back pain [Kelly et al. 2010]. Within all 180 patients (two-thirds female) the median vitamin D level was 15 ng/mL and 58% were below the normal range (defined as 20-58 ng/mL by these authors). The median vitamin D level in control patients (with back pain) was 20 ng/mL compared with statistically significant lower medians of 14 ng/mL in the RA group, 12 ng/mL in the osteoporosis group, and 12 ng/mL in the myalgia group. The authors expressed surprise that vitamin D deficiencies also were evident in persons with diffuse muscle pain but suggested that patients in all groups would benefit from vitamin D supplementation. Note: Why patients with back pain were chosen as a control group is unclear, as other research has already found such patients to be vitamin D insufficient (ie, <30 ng/mL) overall.
  2. A second study, conducted by Italian researchers, focused on 1,191 patients (85% female) with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to determine a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and several clinical measures of disease activity [Idolazzi et al. 2010]. They found that levels of 25(OH)D were deficient (<20 ng/mL) in 52% of the patients not taking a vitamin D supplement and in one third of those taking supplements (?800 IU/day). In non-supplemented patients low levels of 25(OH)D significantly correlated with worse scores on 3 measures of disease activity: Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index, Mobility Activities of Daily Living Score, and Number of Swollen Joints Count. Significantly lower 25(OH)D levels were found in patients with active disease compared with those in disease remission and in those who were not responding to treatment compared with patients with a good response. Therefore, vitamin D sufficiency appears to be directly related to the course of rheumatoid arthritis and response to treatment; however, the authors conclude that further research is needed to assess the benefits of vitamin D supplementation in these patients.
  3. Another reported study from Italian researchers evaluated the impact of vitamin D supplementation in patients with either inflammatory autoimmune disease (IAD; rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, or connective tissue diseases; n=43) and noninflammatory autoimmune disease (NIAD; osteoarthritis or osteoporosis; n=57) [Sainaghi et al. 2010]. Mean 25(OH)D levels between the two groups at outset were equivalently deficient — 12.6±7.5 ng/mL IAD group, 13.1±8.8 ng/mL NIAD group. Following daily supplementation with 800 to 1000 IU of vitamin D3 for 6 months, only 29% of all patients reached 25(OH)D levels ?30 ng/mL considered to be sufficient and there were no significant differences observed between the IAD and NIAD groups. The authors conclude that, while the amount of supplementation was not adequate to normalize 25(OH)D levels in their patients the response to vitamin D (or lack thereof) did not appear to be influenced by the presence of an inflammatory autoimmune condition.

COMMENTARY: A separate presentation at EULAR 2010, based on a large multinational survey of women with RA, reported that among the 75% who were taking analgesic medications more than 7 in 10 (72%) still experienced daily pain [Strand et al. 2010]. Two-thirds of the respondents said that they constantly look for new ideas to address pain. Therefore, the studies above are of great importance because they demonstrate that painful inflammatory and noninflammatory rheumatologic or bone conditions are generally accompanied by vitamin D deficiencies. Based on prior research, it is not surprising that daily supplementation of 800 to 1000 IU of vitamin D3 was inadequate to significantly raise 25(OH)D to more normal levels. It is disappointing that none of the 3 research teams proceeded to the next step of testing more ample vitamin D supplementation and assessing outcomes on pain relief and/or disease moderation.

REFERENCES: 
Idolazzi L, Bagnato G, Bianchi G, et al. Vitamin D deficiency in rheumatoid arthritis: prevalence, determinants, and associations with disease activity. A cross-sectional study. Ann Rheum Dis. 2010;69(Suppl 3):516. Abstract SAT0093.
Kelly C, Scott K, Bell G, et al. Vitamin D levels in a spectrum of rheumatic disease. Ann Rheum Dis. 2010;69(Suppl 3:481. Abstract FRI0509.
Sainaghi PP, Bellan M, Carda S, et al. Response to vitamin D supplementation in inflammatory autoimmune diseases: a retrospective study. Ann Rheum Dis. 2010;69(Suppl 3):652. Abstract SAT0506.
Strand V, Emery P, Fleming S, Coke E. The impact of rheumatoid arthritis on women: focus on pain, productivity, and relationships. Ann Rheum Dis 2010;69(Suppl 3):748. Abstract OP0002-PARE.

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Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released today by the Vitamin D Council:

After 13 years of silence, the quasi governmental agency, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board (FNB), yesterday recommended that a three – pound premature infant can take virtually the same amount of vitamin D as a 300 pound pregnant woman.  While that 400 IU/day dose is close to adequate for infants, 600 IU/day in pregnant women will do nothing to help the three childhood epidemics most closely associated with gestational and early childhood vitamin D deficiencies: asthma, auto-immune disorders, and, as recently reported in the largest pediatric journal in the world, autism (1).  Professor Bruce Hollis of the Medical University of South Carolina has shown pregnant and lactating women need at least 5,000 IU/day, not 600.

The FNB also reported that vitamin D toxicity might occur at an intake of 10,000 IU/day (250 micrograms), although they could produce no reproducible evidence that 10,000 IU/day has ever caused toxicity in humans and only one poorly conducted study indicating 20,000 IU/day may cause mild elevations in serum calcium but not clinical toxicity.

Viewed with different measure, this FNB report recommends that an infant should take 10 micrograms/day (400 IU) and the pregnant women 15 micrograms/day (600 IU).  As a single 30 minutes dose of summer sunshine gives adults more than 10,000 IU (250 micrograms), the FNB is apparently also warning that natural vitamin D input – as occurred from the sun before the widespread use of sunscreen – is dangerous.  That is, the FNB is implying that God does not know what she is doing.  

Disturbingly, this FNB committee focused on bone health, just like they did 14 years ago.  They ignored the thousands of studies from the last ten years that showed higher doses of vitamin D helps: heart health, brain health, breast health, prostate health, pancreatic health, muscle health, nerve health, eye health, immune health, colon health, liver health, mood health, skin health, and especially fetal health.  Tens of millions of pregnant women and their breast-feeding infants are severely vitamin D deficient, resulting in a great increase in the medieval disease, rickets.  The FNB report seems to reason that if so many pregnant women have low vitamin D blood levels then it must be OK because such low levels are so common.  However, such circular logic simply represents the cave man existence of most modern day pregnant women.  

Hence, if you want to optimize your vitamin D levels – not just optimize the bone effect – supplementing is crucial.  But it is almost impossible to significantly raise your vitamin D levels when supplementing at only 600 IU/day (15 micrograms).  Pregnant women taking 400 IU/day have the same blood levels as pregnant women not taking vitamin D; that is, 400 IU is a meaninglessly small dose for pregnant women.  Even taking 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D will only increase the vitamin D levels of most pregnant women by about 10 points, depending mainly on their weight.  Professor Bruce Hollis has shown that 2,000 IU/day does not raise vitamin D to healthy or natural levels in either pregnant or lactating women.  Therefore supplementing with higher amounts — like 5000 IU/day — is crucial for those women who want their fetus to enjoy optimal vitamin D levels, and the future health benefits that go along with it.

For example, taking only two of the hundreds of recently published studies, Professor Urashima and colleagues in Japan gave 1,200 IU/day of vitamin D3 for six months to Japanese 10 year-olds in a randomized controlled trial.  They found vitamin D dramatically reduced the incidence of influenza A as well as the episodes of asthma attacks in the treated kids while the placebo group was not so fortunate.  If Dr. Urashima had followed the newest FNB recommendations, it is unlikely that 400 IU/day treatment arm would have done much of anything and some of the treated young teenagers may have come to serious harm without the vitamin D.  Likewise, a randomized controlled prevention trial of adults by Professor Joan Lappe and colleagues at Creighton University, which showed dramatic improvements in the health of internal organs, used more than twice the FNB’s new adult recommendations.

Finally, the FNB committee consulted with 14 vitamin D experts and – after reading these 14 different reports – the FNB decided to suppress their reports.  Many of these 14 consultants are either famous vitamin D researchers, like Professor Robert Heaney at Creighton, or in the case of Professor Walter Willett at Harvard, the single best-known nutritionist in the world.  So, the FNB will not tell us what Professors Heaney and Willett thought of their new report?  Why not?  Yesterday, the Vitamin D Council directed our attorney to file a federal Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the IOM’s FNB for the release of these 14 reports.

I, my family, most of my friends, hundreds of patients, and thousands of  readers of the Vitamin D Council newsletter, have been taking 5,000 IU/day for up to eight years. Not only have they reported no significant side-effects, indeed, they have reported greatly improved health in multiple organ systems.  My advice: especially for pregnant women, continue taking 5,000 IU/day until your (OH)D] is between 50 ng/ml and 80 ng/ml (the vitamin D blood levels obtained by humans who live and work in the sun and the mid-point of the current reference ranges at all American laboratories).  Gestational vitamin D deficiency is not only associated with rickets, but a significantly increased risk of neonatal pneumonia (2), a doubled risk for preeclampsia (3), a tripled risk for gestational diabetes (4), and a quadrupled risk for primary cesarean section (5).

Yesterday, the FNB failed millions of pregnant women whose as yet unborn babies will pay the price.  Let us hope the FNB will comply with the spirit of “transparency” by quickly responding to our freedom of Information requests.

John Cannell, MD

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Taking Vitamin D in Winter Reduces Incidence of Flu

 A study of school children in Japan showed a 42% reduction in risk of developing influenza A when taking vitamin D supplements. Asthma attacks were also less common among vitamin D takers who caught the flu. 
 

 Also Vitamin D3  is critical for calcium uptake into bone.  There is growing evidence that vitamin D may also reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, depression, obesity, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and upper respiratory infection. 

I have been recommending Vitamin D3 for several years now. I am convinced that it can also help clients with chronic low back pain. I usually prefer omega 3 fish ooils with the D3. Take D3 with food.
I recommend the Metagenics Iso D3. It contains 2000 IU of vitamin D3 with Isoflavones. Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com
 
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Vitamin D Update

Oxford University research says vitamin D deficiency is a serious illnesses like cancer and autoimmune disorders. According to the report, which was recently published online in the journal Genome Research, genetic receptors throughout the body need adequate vitamin D levels to prevent these and other serious illnesses from developing.

Multiple sclerosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, leukemia — these and many more diseases are often caused by a lack of vitamin D. Your genes literally have receptors that need vitamin D in order to properly express themselves. If there is not enough of the vitamin, serious illness is prone to develop. Vitamin D supplementation as a preventative measure for these diseases are strongly warranted,” expressed Sreeram Ramagopalan, author of the study.

The U.S. Institute of Medicine, recommends getting a mere 200 to 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day, an amount far too low to have much therapeutic effect. Since summer sun exposure creates about 20,000 IU of vitamin D in the skin in just 15 minutes, supplementation with at least 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D daily, particularly during the winter, is preferable. Healthy blood  levels of vitamin D are somewhere between 50 and 80 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). I recommend taking Iso D3 by Metagenics even before having a 25 OH Vitamin D blood test performed to check your D3 levels. Start taking the supplement and then change your dose if needed.

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Vitamin D deficiency

ScienceDaily (Aug. 24, 2010) — The extent to which vitamin D deficiency may increase susceptibility to a wide range of diseases is dramatically highlighted in newly published research. Scientists have mapped the points at which vitamin D interacts with our DNA — and identified over two hundred genes that it directly influences.

The results are published in the journal Genome Research.

It is estimated that one billion people worldwide do not have sufficient vitamin D. This deficiency is thought to be largely due to insufficient exposure to the sun and in some cases to poor diet. As well as being a well-known risk factor for rickets, there is a growing body of evidence that vitamin D deficiency also increases an individual’s susceptibility to autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, as well as certain cancers and even dementia.

Researchers at the University of Oxford have shown the extent to which vitamin D interacts with our DNA. They used new DNA sequencing technology to create a map of vitamin D receptor binding across the genome. The vitamin D receptor is a protein activated by vitamin D, which attaches itself to DNA and thus influences what proteins are made from our genetic code.

The researchers found 2,776 binding sites for the vitamin D receptor along the length of the genome. These were unusually concentrated near a number of genes associated with susceptibility to autoimmune conditions such as MS, Crohn’s disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (or ‘lupus’) and rheumatoid arthritis, and to cancers such as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and colorectal cancer.

They also showed that vitamin D had a significant effect on the activity of 229 genes including IRF8, previously associated with MS, and PTPN2, associated with Crohn’s disease and type 1 diabetes.

“Our study shows quite dramatically the wide-ranging influence that vitamin D exerts over our health,” says Dr Andreas Heger from the MRC Functional Genomics Unit at Oxford, one of the lead authors of the study.

The first author of the paper, Dr Sreeram Ramagopalan from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, adds: “There is now evidence supporting a role for vitamin D in susceptibility to a host of diseases. Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and the early years could have a beneficial effect on a child’s health in later life. Some countries such as France have instituted this as a routine public health measure.”

The main source of vitamin D in the body comes from exposing the skin to sunlight, although a diet of oily fish can provide some of the vitamin. Research has previously suggested that lighter skin colour and hair colour evolved in populations moving to parts of the globe with less sun to optimise production of vitamin D in the body. A lack of vitamin D can affect bone development, leading to rickets; in pregnant mothers, poor bone health can be fatal to both mother and child at birth, hence there are selective pressures in favour of people who are able to produce adequate vitamin D.

I recommend Iso D3 from www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com I recommend between 2,000 IU to 5,000 IU per day for most clients.

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Cut Alzheimer’s Risk by 394 Percent

Anybody who has experienced Alzheimer’s will know the helplessness that comes with this devastating disease. Anybody who has seen it in a friend or family member will know the pain that comes from seeing your loved one deteriorate.

Over 4,000 scientists attended a recent International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. One study conducted by the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, England reports that vitamin D may be your best defense against Alzheimer’s.  The study says that vitamin D deficiency raises your risk of mental decline by up to 394 percent. 

Study results showed that the risk of cognitive impairment was 42 percent higher in people deficient in vitamin D. Impairment was 394 percent higher in those who were severely deficient in it.

“The odds of cognitive impairment increase as vitamin D levels go down,” says study author David Llewellyn. “Given that both vitamin D deficiency and dementia are common throughout the world, this is a major public health concern.”

The Peninsula Medical School also worked on an earlier related study. It too offered evidence supporting this simple truth: seniors who get their daily dose of “sunshine” maintain stronger cognitive functioning.

Sunshine is an important source of vitamin D. UVB rays initiate the production of the vitamin in human skin. Vitamin D also helps maintain strong bones (through the absorption of calcium and phosphorus) and a healthy immune system.

According to study author Dr. Iain Lang, the results indicate that individuals with the lowest levels of Vitamin D were 50 percent more likely to suffer impaired mental faculties. In other words, as vitamin D levels in seniors decreases, mental impairment increases.

“Getting enough vitamin D can be a real problem,” said Dr. Lang. “Particularly for older people, who absorb less vitamin D from sunlight. One way to address this might be to provide older adults with vitamin D supplements.”

Older people lose their capacity to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight as the body ages. That means they must seek other sources of the “sunshine vitamin.” 

Vitamin D can also be found in foods such as oily fish and eggs. These foods are key sources of vitamin B12, which studies have shown to also help in protecting the brain.

Supplement Your Vitamin D with Metagenics Iso D3 www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com 

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