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Virtually All Disease Could Be Linked To A Vitamin D Deficiency!

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Greg Montoya
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
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Vitamin D plays several key roles in the maintenance of organ systems. Researchers are discovering amazing new benefits from Vitamin D. Many consider it to be even more important than vitamin C! Vitamin D actually works more like a hormone than a vitamin and it needs to be replaced daily.  For example:

  • Vitamin D helps regulate calcium concentrations in the blood. Since it works more like a hormone, its active form, calcitriol acts with the parathyroid hormone or PTH. If the calcium level is low, this would trigger the secretion of PTH, which would stimulate the conversion of vitamin D to calcitriol. Calcitriol would then act to increase calcium absorption in the intestines, calcium resorption in the kidneys and stimulate calcium release from the bones. 
  • Vitamin D helps maintain blood phosphorus levels. Low levels of vitamin D can result to an overactive parathyroid gland. Also with inadequate phosphorus in the body, bones cannot undergo normal mineralisation. 
  • It is also said that vitamin D benefits the immune system since the T-cells or immune cells have receptors for vitamin D. It acts by boosting phagocytosis, the bodily functions to combat tumours, modulate neuromuscular and immune functions and reduce inflammation. 
  • Vitamin D is also responsible for maintaining normal cell growth and function. It may be an important element to the prevention and treatment of cancer. It has also been suggested that vitamin D plays a role in regulating the growth and function of brain cells. 
  • Research studies suggest that vitamin D, because of its anti-inflammatory effect, plays a role in providing protection against osteoporosis, hypertension, cancer, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis and numerous autoimmune diseases.
One of the fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin D constitutes two major forms which are vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol and vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. Vitamin D2 is synthesised by plants whilst vitamin D3 is synthesised by the body. Vitamin D is naturally present in a number of food sources and dietary supplements, and is also manufactured with the aid of sun exposure. It is produced within the body when ultraviolet-B or UVB rays from sunlight reaches the skin. The liver and the kidney eventually help to convert vitamin D to an active hormone form.
 
Deficiency Conditions
 
There may be certain underlying causes of vitamin D deficiency. It can result from:
  • Inadequate vitamin D intake together with inadequate sun exposure
  • Certain disorders that compromise vitamin D absorption
  • Conditions that can impair the conversion of vitamin D metabolites such as kidney or liver diseases or hereditary disorders. 
Insufficient vitamin D intake can have serious effects on the bones, which can make them thin, brittle or deformed. Vitamin D deficiency often results in conditions like:
  • Rickets which is common in children and is characterised by delayed growth and deformity of long bones. 
  • Osteomalacia, which occurs in adults and results in thinning of the bones. Signs of proximal weakness and bone fragility are familiar characteristics.
  • Osteoporosis which is a condition wherein the bone mineral density is reduced and bone fragility is increased. 
Lack of vitamin D may also be linked to increased susceptibility of several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, cancer, tuberculosis, periodontal disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, schisophrenia, depression, affective disorders, peripheral arterial disease and a number of autoimmune diseases such as type-1 diabetes. 
 
Deficiency Symptoms in Adults and Infants
 
Signs of vitamin D deficiency includes muscle aches, myopathy or muscle weakness and bone pain. These symptoms can occur at any age. Pregnant mothers who have vitamin D deficiency can also cause fetal deficiency. 
 
In younger infants, rickets can produce a condition called craniotabes or softening of the skull. In older babies, rickets can impede or delay sitting and crawling and the closure of the fontanels; bossing of the infants' skull and presence of costochondral thickening or what is referred to as 'rachitic rosary'. Children with rickets aged 1-4 years old experience epiphyseal cartilage enlargements on the long bones and delayed walking. Older children and adolescents can experience pain upon walking and in worst cases it can result in 'bowlegs' or 'knock-knees'. 
 
Tetany that is caused by hypocalcemia may go along with vitamin D deficiency in infants and adults. This condition can lead to symptoms such as loss of feeling in the lip or tongue areas and the fingers, facial spasms, and at worst, seizures.
 
Vitamin D Food Sources
 
Only a few food sources contain vitamin D. Best sources of vitamin D are fish meat and fish liver oils. There are also small amounts of vitamin D, in the form of vitamin D3, found in dairy products like cheese and egg as well as beef and liver. Some types of mushrooms also contain varying amounts of vitamin D2.
 
Common sources of vitamin D include the following:
  • Cod liver oil
  • Fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines
  • Milk including non-fat, reduced fat, whole or vitamin D fortified
  • Cereals 
  • Eggs
  • Beef liver
  • Swiss cheese
The Need for Increased Amounts
 
Since obtaining sufficient amounts of vitamin D in the diet can be quite difficult, many people now consume vitamin D fortified foods in order to maintain a healthy dose of the vitamin. There are some groups however who need increased amounts of vitamin D: 
  • Breastfed infants because vitamin D cannot be supplied by breast milk alone
  • Older people due to the fact that synthesis of vitamin D decreases with age and the ability of the kidney to convert vitamin D diminishes 
  • People with limited sun exposure especially those living in northern latitudes, those wearing robes or head covers or those with occupations that prevent them from having sun exposure
  • People with dark skin as more skin pigments like melanin reduces the ability of the skin to produce vitamin D.
  • People with fat malabsorption conditions such as Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, liver and celiac disease or patients who have undergone surgical removal of any part of the stomach or intestine. 
  • People who are obese. An increased amount of subcutaneous fat can snatch more of the vitamin D and somehow alter its release in the circulation. 
Interaction of Vitamin D with Prescribed Drugs
 
Vitamin D supplements have the tendency to react with certain types of prescription medications. These include the following:
  • Steroids or corticosteroid medications like prednisone which can cause decreased calcium absorption and also damage the vitamin D metabolism process. 
  • Weight-loss medications such as orlistat and cholesterol-lowering drugs like cholestyramine also decrease the absorption of vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Phenobarbital and phenytoin increases vitamin D metabolism and decreases calcium absorption.
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AgelessImpact's Comments:
 
One of the leading questions that comes up today in the areas of anti-aging, health and nutrition is "What is the best anti-aging type supplement to help build and strengthen the bones as well as support over all health and well-being?" Without question, we believe AgelessImpact's NEW SunD is the superior vitamin D supplement to occomplish this objective!

SunD's formula starts with a whopping 8,000 IU's per serving of Vitamin D. Years ago Vitamin D deficiencies were virtually unheard of as most spent plenty of time outside getting our daily dose of Vitamin D from the sun (from just 20 minutes of continuous sun exposure). Unfortunately, the medical community has so "over scared" people about sun exposure that many Americans don't get even the bare minimum amount of Vitamin D, much less the amount in SunD (4,000% of the recommended Daily Value!).

Vitamin D Is So Much More Than Just a "Bone Builder"!

In addition to the large volume of research supporting the restorative power of Vitamin D to stimulate bone cells and enhancing the uptake of calcium into the bones, emerging research touts the positive impact in boosting immunity, hormone regulation, brain health, metabolism, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention and even cardiovascular health. (Could you ask for anything more?)

Not All Vitamin D Supplements Are Equal!

To take things to a much higher support level, we've included 4,000 micrograms per serving of Vitamin K2 (3,333% of the recommended Daily Value!). Vitamin K2 helps "sweep" calcium out of our arteries and tissues, then deposits it where hardening makes sense - your bones. Nearly all healthy adults in America reportedly have undiagnosed vitamin K deficiency. The beauty of adding K2 is it is the most bioactive and absorbable of the K vitamins.

The final ingredient that makes this formula so powerful and complete is Strontium. It's important to note that the Strontium in SunD has literally no relationship to the Strontium 90 that causes radioactive damage. Strontium is a common element naturally found in our bones. Studies have demonstrated that Strontium in its various forms is well tolerated and completely safe. It has a unique method of action, which provides a dual activity in your bones. Strontium both inhibits bone resorption (the process breaking down bone and releasing the mineral, that result in the transfer of calcium from bone fluid to the blood) and simultaneously stimulating bone growth. No other natural substance or drug that we know of is known to provide this dual effect.

It's our belief that if you are going to take a Vitamin D-3 supplement, you should consider one that also contains Vitamin K-2 and Strontium as both of these work synergistically with D-3 to help put calcium where it needs to be... On the bones!

We also believe that an optimal daily dose should be as follows: Vitamin D-3 / 4,000 IU twice daily in conjunction with 2,000 mcg of K-2 and 1,300mg of Strontium combined with each dose. T
his powerful 1-2-3 punch will greatly assist those interested in maintaining healthy bones and overall well being as you grow older. One without the other is not near as effective as the synergistic effect of combining them together. Ageless Impact's NEW SunD formula fits this bill. This unique combination of ingredients is what separates SunD from the rest!

To order or learn more about AgelessImpact's Powerful NEW "1-2-3 Punch" Vitamin D3 supplement called, SunD, CLICK HERE

 
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