Tuesday 29 December 2015

This Vitamin Can Stop Cancer Cell Growth – And We Need 25x More Than The Government Thinks

Although it may sound surprising to you, all we need in order for our body to function optimally, is actually vitamin D.
Two recent studies published in The Journal of Pediatrics discovered quite devastating facts. Namely, 70% of the American children do not get enough vitamin D, or to be more concrete, 9% of the children have been vitamin D deficient, while 61% did not have sufficient levels of it. This puts them at higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, lower good cholesterol levels, and can also develop heart disease later in life.
Vitamin D is considered to be one of the most potent cancer inhibitors and it affects our health and cell function as it reduces the cellular growth (which promotes cancer) and improves cell differentiation (which puts cells into an anti-cancer state). Consequently, its deficiency leads to a colon, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer.
This vitamin controls different functions like preventing cancer, reducing inflammation, boosting mood, easing muscle aches and fibromyalgia, and building bones by acting on a cellular docking station (receptor), which is sending messages to our genes. When it is not received enough, it impacts each area of our biology due to its impact on our cells and genes function.
Our body makes vitamin D by being exposed to sunlight, (80-100% of it comes from the sun), making our skin a bit red, thus it produces the equivalent of 10,000-25,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D in our bodies.
However, most of us are not exposed to direct sunlight, and the main reason for it is sunscreen. They do protect us from skin cancer, but also block 97% of our body’s vitamin D production.
Additionally, there are also other factors as well, like skin color, which makes a difference (people with darker skin produce less vitamin D), aging skin produces less vitamin D, and even people from cultures where they are covered all the time like Orthodox Jews and Muslims do not get the needed sunlight exposure in order to obtain the needed amounts of vitamin D.
Furthermore, the government recommends 200-600 IU of vitamin D, which is the amount to prevent rickets (a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency).
Nevertheless, the latest research conducted by a vitamin D pioneer Dr. Michael Holick, Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, points out that the intake of 2,000 IU daily is enough to keep blood levels of 25 hydroxy vitamin D at between 75-125 nmol/L. Even though is sounds high, it is still safe.
In countries where sun exposure is around 10,000 IU daily, people have vitamin D blood levels of 105-163 nmol/L, and autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel movement, lupus, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis are uncommon.
Our body needs vitamin D to properly absorb calcium, so it is even more necessary to help prevent and treat osteoporosis. In the case of inadequate levels of vitamin D, the intestine absorbs only 10-15% of dietary calcium. This vitamin provides bone-protective benefits which keep increasing the dose.
Hence, the needed amount of vitamin D in order to keep the blood levels to the optimal range varies depending on the age, the time spend in the sun, the period of the year and how far north you live.
Nevertheless, we offer you some really effective ways to get the optimal levels of vitamin D:
Get tested for 25 OH vitamin D 
The normal range is 25-137 nmol/L (10-55 ng/ml), but these are not enough for optimal health. Therefore, the range should be 100-160 nmol/L (40-65 ng/ml).
It takes up to 6-10 months to “fill up the tank” for vitamin D
In the case of a deficiency of this vitamin, lower the dose to the maintenance dose of 2,000-4,000 units daily. Remember that you will need 6- 10 months to restore it in the previous state.
Take the right amount of vitamin D 
If you are vitamin d deficient, take 5,000-10,000 IU daily for 3 months with the doctor’s supervision. Afterwards, you will need to take 2,000-4,000 IU daily for maintaining.
Take the right type of vitamin D
At times, the prescribed vitamins can contain D2, which is not biologically active, Therefore, note that the only active form of it is D3 (cholecalciferol).
Try to eat dietary sources of vitamin D
You can also find it very useful to consume some other dietary sources of this vitamin, including: fish liver oils like cod liver oil (1 tbsp. of vitamin D/1,360 IU); canned in oil and drained sardines (1.75 ounces/250 IU); one whole egg (20 IU), cooked wild salmon (3.5 ounces/360 IU); cooked mackerel (3.5 ounces/345 IU).
Monitor your vitamin D status until you are in the optimal range
In order to be sure that you are beneficially influencing the levels of vitamin D in your body, you need to regularly monitor its status. Also, if you take high doses, note that your doctor has to check your calcium, phosphorus and parathyroid hormone levels every 3 months.

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