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We hear a lot about the importance of vitamin A, vitamin C, and those good-for-you B vitamins, but it’s not so often we hear about another vitamin that scientists believe may also play a crucial role in maintaining superior health throughout life. These days, however, new research into the remarkable health benefits of vitamin D is beginning to change all of that.  

Vitamin D directly affects more than 200 genes in the body, and studies show that it plays a significant role in stimulating a healthy immune response. In fact, a new study conducted by a team of British and Canadian scientists links too little vitamin D in the diet with an increased risk of certain autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and type 1 diabetes, as well as a higher risk of certain cancers.

Researchers say it has to do with the way vitamin D binds with specific chromosomes, but the problem comes from a widespread lack of vitamin D in the diet. About one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient, which may increase their susceptibility to certain diseases. And as people spend less time outdoors (the body produces vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight), the problem is getting worse.

Because too little vitamin D can lead to a breakdown in overall health, many experts are now recommending steps to remedy the problem. Certain foods such as eggs and fatty fish contain vitamin D, and many fish oil supplements will include vitamin D to help make up for what’s lacking in the diet. Pregnant women and young children especially may benefit from a daily vitamin D supplement for preventative health, and spending at least 10 minutes in the sun each day is also recommended.

Written by psapio

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  • http://yahoo.com Denise Gamache

    I have low vitamin D and am on 50,000 units once a week. I am never tested for Calcium but have arthitis, pseudo gout. They don’t tell me enough about it, such as what they look for in the urine or blood to find out what causes the crystals that hurt so obnoxiously so! Or what kind of diet I should consume to help me ward off the extremely painful and unbearable, tiring, heart breaking episodes of psuedo gout? I dont even know what level of vitamin D is too low for my age of 59, or what is too low for calcium either. What to do?? Please respond soon. Thank you, I ordered something for my digestive system, however, I feel as though I need something for my vagina as well, not sure. Will one probiotic help it all? p.s. How can we get that large book ON THE ROAD? Or something like that name that Brenda sells on PBS?? Been looking for it, can’t find it anywhere but PBS, and cannot afford to buy it for the price they offer. Don’t get me wrong I think it is well worth the price, the only problem is, is that I still cannot afford it no matter how much I think it is worth it. Thank you kindly. Denise E. Gamache :-)

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