You Might Be D-ficient

You could be healthier if you took a vitamin D supplement.
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You Might Be D-ficient

You could be healthier if you took a vitamin D supplement.

Melissa Fitzgerald,

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So say new studies citing numerous ways that vitamin D boosts immunity and fights disease. But as much as 70 percent of the nation’s population is deficient.

Our bodies manufacture vitamin D when bright, mid-day sunlight hits our skin for at least 20 minutes. Unfortunately, we spend most of our time indoors. Plus, in northern latitudes such as Cleveland, the low angle of the sun from October to March prevents us from getting vitamin D naturally.

Coincidentally, this five-month period marks the height of cold and flu season. Theories are now being circulated that vitamin D deficiency is a major factor in contracting such illnesses. Being hailed as “nature’s antibiotic,” vitamin D has been found to play a critical role in fighting infection, preventing heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

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“Chronic vitamin D deficiency may be a culprit in heart disease, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome,” Sue Penckofer, a professor at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University in Chicago, said in a university news release. Penckofer co-authored a study that reported vitamin D may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

Vitamin D has been found to turn on the genes that fight disease. It plays a crucial role in proper cell function.

It’s very difficult to get adequate amounts of D in your diet and unfortunately, very few foods contain it naturally. Even though you’ll find vitamin D added to milk, orange juice and other grocery items, we still don’t seem to get as much as we need. Studies now show that most multivitamins have too little vitamin D to receive its therapeutic benefits.

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