Vitamin D: Which One Helps and Which One Harms? [Study]

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antjeclarey438630768 on June 19, 2019 - 7:02pm

No matter who you are, getting the proper amount of Vitamin D is vital to your overall health - in some senses; it can make you or break you. Several common health issues, (some severe and some minor), have been linked to low levels of Vitamin D including cancer, heart disease, and depression. Many people are either instructed by a doctor or decide themselves at some point in their lives to take a Vitamin D supplement. Taking a high quality vitamin D supplement can be essential for people. Unfortunately, not all vitamin D supplements are made equal and without being aware of it, you could be doing your body more harm than good by using the wrong one.
The vitamin D supplements commonly prescribed by doctors are not necessarily the ones you should be taking. Quite often, doctors prescribe a synthetic version of vitamin D2, Ergocalciferol or Drisdol. This form of vitamin D is NOT the same as vitamin D3, Cholecalciferol, the type of vitamin D your body produces when exposed to sunlight. Not only is it different, it's also much less effective than vitamin D3 and may actually have a drastic effect on your overall wellness.
A recent study compiled data from 50 different trials and 94,000 total participants. The study looked at mortality rates in coordination with the two different vitamin D supplements - doctor prescribed vitamin D2 versus vitamin D3. The results? In people taking vitamin D2, there was a two percent risk increase in mortality and อาหารเสริมสำหรับผู้ชาย in people taking vitamin D3 there was a six percent risk reduction.
The best and most effective way for your body to retain the proper amount of vitamin D is through sunlight. Sun exposure does not cause cancer. Sunburns cause cancer; there is a big difference. My family and I recently went to a tropical destination and the only sunscreen we used was applied to the nose, ears and shoulders. Seven days in the sun and no burns. My personal concern is what we end up absorbing into our body when we get hot in the sun, our pores open up and then we slather on lotions that are absolutely overflowing with chemicals. Not only do we get toxin exposure but we get robbed of potentially lifesaving Vitamin D!
When exposed to the sun, your body is able to regulate its vitamin D intake and there is no possibility of overdosing. The sun also helps your body to produce cholesterol sulphate, different from harmful LDL, which is said to have a very positive effect on your heart and cardiovascular health. There are a few other sources of vitamin D, including some foods, which contain low amounts of naturally produced vitamin D3. These food sources are limited and their effects are minor in comparison to both sunlight and supplements. Vitamin D can be found in both plant and animal sources; however, vitamin D3 can only be found in animal based foods such as egg yolks and fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines). Raw milk also contains vitamin D3, pasteurized milk is a different story as the vitamin D is added to the milk during the fortifying process. Plants that contain vitamin D are not a valid source of vitamin D3 as they only produce vitamin D2.
There is no "magic" universal dose of vitamin D per say, however, there are several different professional theories about what the recommended dosages should be. The most important factor when deciding how much vitamin D one should take is based on how much is found in your blood or, serum levels. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends 1000 IU (international units) per day; however this is low in comparison to some other theories including that of GrassrootsHealth - an organization that has largely contributed to modern research surrounding vitamin D. Through one of their studies, GrassrootsHealth found that the average adult needs approximately 8000 IU of vitamin D3 per day based on the recommended serum levels being between 40 and 60ng/ml. These recommended serum levels have since been raised to 50 and 70ng/ml and climb even higher (70-100ng/ml) in cancer and heart disease patients. The recommended dosage for children is 35 IUs per pound of the child's weight but again, everyone will have a different "magic" number when it comes to vitamin D and the best way to find yours is to get your blood tested frequently.
In April of 2011 I was gravely ill after contracting acute bacterial meningitis. It was nearly fatal. When I left the hospital I had my blood levels checked for vitamin D3 and I was shocked to find the levels to be "in my socks". In hindsight, and considering everything I have learned I am convinced that my low vitamin D levels contributed to a weakened immune system that allowed me to get as sick as I did. I personally took doses of 10,000 IU's per day for several months before my levels returned to normal. Currently I take 5000 IU's/day to maintain normal levels. In my opinion vitamin D supplementation should be monitored using blood serum levels. This can be done through your family doctor or a naturopathic doctor. In my experience, a naturopathic doctor would be the best choice as they have more experience and more confidence using high doses as compared to published norms.
Vitamin D3 is essential for everyone as it improves your overall health and can aid in the prevention of several different health conditions, both physical and mental. Get your blood checked regularly and play in the sun when you can!