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.

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

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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)

Essential Nutrients for a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be overwhelming and full of stress, but it is vital that you get the essential nutrients to ensure that your baby is healthy and that you stay happy. While there is no magic potion that will give you everything you need, a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will keep you and your baby healthy and happy. Folate and folic acid, which are B vitamins, are important for the development of a baby’s brain and spinal cord. Diets rich in folate and folic acid decrease the chances of low birth weight and premature deliveries. Mayo Clinic suggests that you get 800 micrograms of folate or folic acid each day. You can get these nutrients from peanuts, beans, orange, spinach and fortified cereals. Calcium is another essential nutrient that you and your baby need. specifically for strong teeth and a strong skeletal system. An average (Read More)

Osteoporosis and Vitamin D

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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.

Is the Flu Just a Simple Deficiency of Vitamin D?

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There has been an age old question that scientists could not answer: Why is the flu most prevalent in winter? Fever, sore throat, cough, body pains and nausea all signal the onset of this debilitating condition. A fascinating new theory seeks to explain why flu takes hold during the winter months and why it infects mostly the elderly and those who are more sedentary. Dr. John Cannell is the chief author of a landmark theory that postulates that influenza epidemics are intimately linked to declining vitamin D levels. In California, Dr. Cannell works with patients at a maximum-security hospitals for the criminally insane. In recent years, he had become aware that vitamin D is a unique compound with profound effects on human immunity. He lists bone health, cancer prevention and blood pressure lowering effects as an indication that “vitamin D is really quite different from other vitamins.” Dr. Cannell postulated (Read More)