Vitamin D research is heating up and new findings continue to emphasize the critical importance of this Vitamin in total body health.
Just to list a few, they are:
- improved “balance” in older adults
- reduction of risk in bone fractures
- better thinking skills such as planning, organizing and abstract thinking
- lessens the risk of cardiovascular disease
- lessens the risk of multiple sclerosis
- lessens the risk of diabetes and other autoimmune disorders
- lessens the risk of infections like Periodontal Disease
- lessens the risk of tuberculosis
- associated with lower risk of certain cancers such as colon cancer, breast and prostate cancer
- associated with lower risk of certain skin cancers
Vitamin D is the only vitamin that the human body can manufacture itself; but, it requires exposure to sunshine. People in Northern latitudes and those who work indoors a lot should supplement with an active form of Vitamin called Vitamin D3 (which does not require sun exposure). The real optimal supplementation amount is yet to be established and the numbers that are suggested range from just a hundred IU’s (international units) to several thousand IU’s. Presently, the most often recommended amount is 2000 IU’s per day (which is what I am taking).
I believe we will see more discoveries regarding the importance of Vitamin D but in the meantime, I would start taking Vitamin D for the benefits we now know.
Dr Lowrance is a Family Practice Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX. He is also a board certified Clinical Nutritionist and regularly counsels his patients on good nutrition. He also treats TMJ and headache patients using neuromuscular principles and treats Sleep Apnea patients as well as snoring problems. He sees patients who are CPAP intolerant and want an alternative to the “machine”.
Dr Lowrance is board ready Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute and an advanced Cosmetic Dentist. He is on the leading edge of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Visit his website at CCSmiles.com.