Last fall my wife and I started taking vitamin D3. I convinced her to start after seeing a report on Dr. Oz about deficiencies in D3, which cause many health problems like SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which my wife has. The main reason for this deficiency is that vitamin D is made by the body when sunlight hits the skin directly. There are very little dietary sources (cod liver oil, yuck, is one). Most people now work indoors and when outdoors use sunscreens which block the skin’s ability to make vitamin D. The sun’s angle in the sky is also important and for six months of the year the sun isn’t strong enough even if you do go outside every day.
Some of the health consequences of vitamin D deficiencies are: SAD, osteoporosis, higher cancer risk, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, bursitis, gout, infertility and PMS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, periodontal disease, and psoriasis. If you are diagnosed with any of these conditions you should ask your doctor about checking the vitamin D level in your blood.
What is the proper dosage? There is much debate about this. The answer is there is no way to tell because everyone’s level of sun exposure is different depending on their location, lifestyle, the season, and even skin color. The only accurate measure is with a blood test and then if low take a supplement and test again. My wife and I did not have any blood test but gradually increased our dosage until there was a change. Here is what we noticed:
As fall and winter approached my wife’s mood was much better than previous years and mine also.
- Colds and Flue
In previous cold and flue seasons before we took vitamin D3, both of us had frequent colds. I even developed pneumonia last May. This season, not even a sniffle! Studies have shown that proper levels of vitamin D can prevent flu and cold viruses and one report even states that the H1N1 epidemic is caused by deficiencies in vitamin D. The cold and flue season always starts in the fall when days are getting shorter and peaks in mid winter.
In conclusion, many studies are ongoing to try to figure out if the diseases cause the deficiencies in vitamin D or if deficiencies in Vitamin D are the cause of the diseases. I believe that being deficient in vitamin D increases the chance of developing many of these diseases. For example deficiencies in vitamin D can cause inflammation which can causes diseases.
My wife and I take a liquid form of D3 which gives us more flexibility on the dosage and is absorbed faster. We don’t miss the colds and will continue taking vitamin D3!
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