Depression & Vitamin D

The large volume of research regarding vitamin D continues to grow. Despite the overwhelming emerging science that has brought Vitamin D (specifically vitamin D3 found in our Dense Bone formula) to the forefront of nutritional health – a whopping 77% of the population is lacking in sufficient vitamin D. The link between low levels of vitamin D and depression are garnering increased attention because of the growing prevalence of depression in our society.

Flu Vaccine Worsens Flu-Fighting & Cancer-Fighting Immunity in Children

This is only a small slice of the vaccine issue, but it is a dramatic finding. We know public health officials would never discourage people from getting flu vaccines. However, it is amazing that we do not see promotion of something so basic to ensure children have a robust and healthy immune response, such as promoting the vital importance of vitamin D adequacy for the anti-viral flu response.

More Vitamin D Means Less Pain

You’ve heard much from us over the years about Relevit, our amazing best-selling formula that assists in reducing everyday and sports related pain and discomfort. But did you know that vitamin D found in our Dense Bone formula is showing promise as an effective nutrient in the fight against moderate and chronic pain? According to the British Journal of Nutrition (September 2011), older men and women suffering from moderated to extreme chronic pain are likelier than others to have decreased vitamin D levels.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Mobility Loss and Potential Disabilities

Despite what traditional medicine has preached for years, emerging science has removed all doubt that regular, unfiltered sunlight exposure, which helps promote and maintain optimal blood levels of vitamin D, plays a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention. And a recent study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science further confirms this, having found that inadequate blood levels of vitamin D can lead to decreased mobility and even disablement, particularly among the elderly.

Vitamin D Linked to Strong Muscles & Bone Density

Vitamin D – Is there any more we can do to sing its praises? Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with muscle weakness, increased fall risk, and bone fractures. 26% of the distal radius fracture patients were vitamin D insufficient compared to 11% in the control group. Source:  Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Feb 2012

Study: Vitamin D Deficiency May Double Risk of Dementia

Older individuals deficient in vitamin D may have double the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published Wednesday. Researchers found that in individuals aged 65 and older, those with “low levels” of vitamin D had a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia, while those with a “more significant deficiency had a 125 percent increased risk.” Both groups were compared to individuals with normal vitamin D levels. The key to Vitamin D is absorption. We have combined strontium and Vitamin K2 – both clinically proven to assist the body in absorbing Vitamin D3 – in our best selling Dense Bone formula. The Vitamin D3 in each capsule is 2,000 IU so that you can modulate your dosage according to your needs. Additionally, the study found that otherwise healthy individuals with lower levels of vitamin D were nearly 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, (Read More)

6 Foods Destructive To Our Bones: Part 2

Vitamin A In the case of vitamin A, recent research is proving that you really can get too much of a good thing. Found in eggs, full-fat dairy, liver, and vitamin-fortified foods, vitamin A is important for vision and the immune system. But the American diet is naturally high in vitamin A, and most multivitamins also contain vitamin A. So it’s possible to get much more than the recommended allotment of 5,000 IUs (international units) a day—which many experts think is too high anyway. Postmenopausal women, in particular, seem to be susceptible to vitamin A overload. Studies show that women whose intake was higher than 5,000 IUs had more than double the fracture rate of women whose intake was less than 1,600 IUs a day. Switch to low-fat or nonfat dairy products only, and eat egg whites rather than whole eggs (all the vitamin A is in the yolk). Also (Read More)

Osteoporosis and Vitamin D

We have become suddenly and painfully aware of osteoporosis or loss of bone density. Fifteen years ago, the only ones warning of this were the “alternative” practitioners and they were chided for yelling “fire” when it didn’t exist. But now we are hearing advertisements for dozens of products to strengthen your bones and doctors have yearly tests available for bone density determinations. Unfortunately the drugs cobbled up to treat osteoporosis have short-term benefits but long term detriment because they harden the outer shell of the bone but allow the inner bone to become spongy and friable. Thus any sharp stress often fractures the brittle outer part of the bone and healing is very slow.