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One Common Vitamin that fights Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s
Recent studies are only confirming previous studies about the importance of vitamin D. Again, researchers have shown that low levels of vitamin D have been linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Four independent reviews show that keeping a vitamin D blood level between 50 and 70 ng/ml provides optimal protections from many terrible diseases.
The journal Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Disease published the study that shows evidence that vitamin D is intrinsically involved in the homeostasis of the cardiovascular system in the body. When the natural stasis system is disrupted it can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stoke, and coronary artery disease. Researchers advise that vitamin D levels of 4,000 to 8,000 IU should be the new recommended daily allowance, which is far above the current 400 IU.
Another study involved more than 9,400 subjects whose blood tests showed that their vitamin D blood levels were below normal with an average of 19.3 nl/mg. Researchers had some of the subjects raise their vitamin D levels to a minimum of 30 nl/mg. Compared to the subjects who still had low vitamin D levels, the subjects who increased their vitamin D levels were 20 percent less likely to have heart failure, 30 percent less likely to die within a one year follow up period, and 33 percent less likely to have a heart attack.
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These researchers then put all the information into a computer algorithm to try to find out if there was an optimum level of vitamin D that would prevent heart disease. While a normal level for many years has been considered to be 30 ng/ml, computers suggest that 40 or 50 ng/ml would be a much better level. They also noted that beyond 60, there was no greater benefit. The results of this study were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 59th annual session and the research was conducted by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Utah.
Researchers showed a direct genetic link between abnormally low vitamin D levels and the development of amyloid protein in the brain, which is associated with Alzheimer’s. Researchers from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine reported in the journal Neurobiology of Aging that gene signaling regards to the vitamin D receptor in almost 500 subjects that had late onset Alzheimer’s patients and another 496 control subjects.
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When vitamin D receptors are not stimulated the normally precise gene signaling goes awry and it stops the normal clearance of protein clumps that are associated with dementia. The research team concluded that their findings suggest that an insufficient amount of vitamin D in the body greatly increases the risk of the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Another study conducted in Spain in 1996, looked at the vitamin D status of 1,226 subjects. These same subjects were tested again 8 years later. Their vitamin D levels were then contrasted with the development of diabetes over the course of this study and discovered that those with blood levels of vitamin D levels above 18.5 ng/ml had as much as an 83 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes over this 8 year period. No one in this study, which was published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, with a vitamin D level of 30ng.ml and over, went on to develop diabetes.
These studies, and countless others, done over the past 10 years show that vitamin D is perhaps the most important hormone-based nutrient ever. Unfortunately, millions of people ignore this vital information and place themselves at risk.
If you ae over 21 years of age, you should supplement with a minimum of 2,000 IU of vitamin D every single day. Large amounts of research provide ample evidence that higher levels of vitamin D dramatically lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.