The Most Important Supplement You Should Be Taking

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If you are not currently taking vitamin D supplements, you are likely running low in this very important vitamin which is making you susceptible to some of the most common diseases that kill Americans every year.

Vitamin D Facts
Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, is a fat-soluble hormone required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorous. It regulates immunity, helps protects against muscle and bone weakness, regulates heartbeat, and is necessary for normal blood clotting and thyroid function.  It also regulates more than 2,000 genes, affecting the growth of healthy cells and the death of abnormal, unhealthy cells.

There are different forms of vitamin D. The type that comes from food is D2. The most active form is D3. It is synthesized in the skin in response to the sun’s ultraviolet (UVB) rays. 

If you do not get adequate sun exposure in the summer and do not eat foods containing vitamin D and take vitamin D3 supplements, you will become susceptible to any of the following diseases:

Cancer (Breast, Ovarian, Colon, Prostate, Pancreatic)

Diabetes

Pregnancy Problems

Multiple Sclerosis

Influenza (The “Flu”)

Osteopenia

Osteoporosis

Falls/Fractures

Cognitive Decline (Dementia, Alzheimer’s)

Heart Disease

Allergies

Asthma

High Blood Pressure

Psoriasis

Depression

Fatigue

Chronic Pain

Headaches

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Death From All Causes

And Many Others

It is estimated that more than one billion people worldwide, and 77 to 98 percent of Americans, are deficient in vitamin D!

It is not possible for most people to consume enough vitamin D from food alone. The best food sources of vitamin D are from fatty saltwater fish and fish liver oils, such as halibut, salmon, sardines, and cod liver oil. It is also added (fortified) to diary and other foods, but it is the more inferior, D2 form. 

It is also not possible to get vitamin D from the sun in the northern U.S., including Chicago, from September to May because the sun is too low in the sky.  Therefore, it is vital to eat vitamin D rich foods such as fish AND take vitamin D3 supplements.

If you get routine blood work, ask your doctor to have your vitamin D levels tested.  The ideal level is between 50-80ng.  If you have an autoimmune disease, your blood levels should be between 80-100ng. 

Make sure your supplement is Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the active form.

Here are the dosages health experts are recommending:

Children       1,000-5,000IU/day 

Adults           5,000-10,000IU/day

Be sure to take Vitamin D with your largest meals that contain healthy fat, such as olive oil.

According to what research is telling us, we cannot express enough how important vitamin D3 is to your health.  This is why it is one of, if not the most important key supplements we recommend.