A Winter Essential: Vitamin D

winter walkCoats, mittens and hats are a must for cold winter months, but you may want to add another item to the list of winter must-haves – vitamin D. Vitamin D is also one of the most discussed vitamins relative to deficiency, especially when it comes to winter.

There are many claims made about vitamin D, so let’s step back and isolate what research supports. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient. The sun is the primary source of the nutrient, but it is also found in cod liver oil, swordfish, salmon, canned tuna, beef liver, egg yolks, sardines and fortified dairy products. Continue reading “A Winter Essential: Vitamin D”

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Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

vitamin-dIn this next installment of Vitamins and Minerals from A to Zinc, vitamin D is in the spotlight… or should I say, the sunlight? The majority of Americans (both children and adults) are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, mental illness, propensity to fall, and chronic pain.

Beyond its role in enhancing calcium absorption, new research has shown that vitamin D improves immune function (fights colds and flu) and can reduce the risk of a variety of cancers. Continue reading “Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin”

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Vitamin D3 Supplementation Benefits Heart Health

heartWe know that vitamin D is good for our bones, teeth, and immune system, and now a new study has added heart health to the list.

The study out of University of Leeds School of Medicine in the UK has shown that patients with chronic heart failure can benefit from daily supplementation of vitamin D3. Patients all had chronic heart failure and were all deficient in vitamin D3. Over the course of a year, half the patients were given a vitamin D3 supplement and the other half were given a placebo. Continue reading “Vitamin D3 Supplementation Benefits Heart Health”

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