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Vitamin D Is Really Amazing -Roger Mason

Whatever condition and disease you study, vitamin D keeps coming up as a major factor. That's right, no matter what illness you study, you find vitamin D deficiency to be a factor. This includes cancer, diabetes, CHD, arthritis, hypertension, osteoporosis, and the other common diseases. Vitamin D is the most important and deficient vitamin of all. Every year the medical literature is full of yet more studies on the importance of it. Vitamin D is especially vital for the prostate and breast cancer epidemics. These are the two leading male and female cancers. All American men will have cancer cells in their prostate if they live past 60. One in eight American women will get breast cancer. Vitamin D is the most important vitamin for bone and joint health. 95% of Americans over the age of 65 suffer from some form of arthritis or similar inflammation. Vitamin D is vital for cardiovascular health- the biggest killer of all. Vitamin D is vital to help prevent diabetes. Strong immunity is related to vitamin D. Our very longevity depends on strong vitamin D levels.  That’s right, your D3 levels helps predict your longevity. Even our emotional and mental health is related to vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic in most of the world. Most people do not get enough sun exposure. It is not in your food. It only comes from sun exposure. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (v 94, 2009) said low levels are the, “most common medical condition in the world.”

Did anyone ever tell you that vitamin D really isn't a vitamin at all, but rather a hormone? That's right, it is actually a hormone, and not a vitamin. Vitamins come from the daily food we eat, and there are no meaningful amounts of "vitamin" D in any food. Vitamin D comes from exposure to sunlight. Most of us do not get enough exposure to sunlight to make enough of it. In winter, and in northern climates, this is especially true. If you take All Your Vitamins® (take this with All Your Minerals®), or any other common vitamin formula, you will get the RDA of 400 IU (which equals 10 mcg). You should not take more than 800-1,200 IU daily. Pseudo-authorities, who tell you to take 2,000 to 5,000 IU, are crackpots. Hyper levels of vitamin D, or any nutrient, will hurt your health, not help it. Overdoses are always wrong. There are numerous studies to prove this. Vitamin D is a powerful, oil soluble hormone, and high doses are dangerous. Hyper blood levels have been shown to harm your health. The National Health Examination Survey of 15,000 people proved excessive blood levels cause serious harm (American Journal of Cardiology v 109, 2012). The American Heart Association found people with the highest levels had 250% more atrial fibrillation. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (v 92, 2010) reported that people with high levels get far more cancer of all types. The American Journal of Cardiology (v 109, 2012) reported far more heart and artery disease among people with the highest levels. You do not need more than a total 400 IU supplement when you are getting exposed to the sun regularly. If you are in the sun daily from, say, June to September, you should not take anymore than what’s in your daily vitamin supplement. During the rest of the year take an extra 400 to 800 IU in addition to your daily vitamin tablet. Never more than 1,200 IU.   If you listen to these many quacks who tell you to take overdoses of 2,000 to 5,000 IU- or more- you’ll just make yourself much worse. More is not better.

The proof of this is clear in human studies. Adolescents need more vitamin D than others. A study (ACJN, September 2016) found the ideal supplement was 800 IU (20 mcg) for teenagers. The range was 400 to 1,200 IU. This is real world proof this is all you need. Overdoses or more than this will  just hurt your health. A study of 1,028 patients (International Journal of Clinical Practice v 61, 2001) again said 800 IU is the ideal average dose, although some people require more or less. Some simply didn’t react, as they are vitamin D resistant. A meta-analysis of 4,777 people (Archives of Internal Medicine v 167, 2007) found the average effective dose was 528 IU. Children and teens need more supplementation than others. Black children responded well to only 400 IU (Obesity v 16, 2008). Blacks, Asians, and Latinos need more than European race people.

There are several forms of vitamin D including D1, D2 and D3. You want to take D3 (calciferol). Vitamin D3 is converted in our bodies to the active form, which is dihydroxy vitamin D. Doctors and pharmaceutical corporations keep promoting dangerous, synthetic, expensive, prescription-only analogs of vitamin D. These can be patented for profit, rather than sold over the counter inexpensively.

We suffer from so many diseases and conditions in the richest country in the world, with the highest standard of living. This is due to our hideous diets and lifestyles. One important and proven reason is lack of vitamin D in most people. Study after study shows people of all ages in most all countries are deficient in vitamin D by serum blood analysis. This is especially true of black people, obese people, the poor, and the elderly. They should take 1,200 IU. Along with your multiple vitamin, just add an extra 400 IU or 800 IU capsule of inexpensive vitamin D when you're not getting out in the sun regularly. No matter how well you eat, you aren't going to get any significant amount in your diet. If you are in the sun regularly, you only need the 400 IU in your daily multivitamin. No, you do not need to get your blood level tested. Some people are vitamin D3 resistant, and even taking large doses does not raise adequately raise their blood serum levels. It is simply excreted.

The published science behind all this is just overwhelming, and growing by the day. People of all ages should take it. Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide epidemic. In every single country that has been studied, the residents were deficient on average. Ironically, even those in tropical and sub-tropical countries have been found to be low. The massive Tromsoe Study  (European Journal of Endocrinology v 162, 2010) showed that low levels were actually associated with all-cause mortality. Again, the lower your serum vitamin D, the sooner you die! Just take a proper supplement every day and no more than 1,200 IU. If you could just take one supplement this would be it. This is the most important one to take.



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