It’s only been recently that researchers have begun to truly understand just how important vitamin D levels actually are. Sure, we knew that D helps keep our bones strong and our skin healthy. But it turns out there’s so much more to this vital vitamin than that.
Vitamin D could help us avoid some major, and in some cases even life-threatening, health issues!
After generations of being in the dark we’re finally learning there are things we can do to help reduce our risk of dementia. And it turns out keeping your vitamin D levels up is one of those things. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology it only takes a moderate level of vitamin D deficiency to increase your risk of Alzheimer’s by a shocking 53 percent. And a severe deficiency can skyrocket that number to an incredible 125 percent greater risk!
Not only are vitamin D deficiency and asthma attacks related, emerging research is beginning to show that giving someone vitamin D during an asthma attack could even help control the attack until they can get to a doctor. If you or someone you care about suffers from asthma talk with your doc about this option BEFORE the next attack.
Few of us haven’t had our life touched in some way by cancer. And it turns out some of the biggies – breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer – have all been linked to low levels of vitamin D.
- Breast cancer – Not only are lower levels of vitamin D linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, healthy levels of the vitamin may boost healthy breast cell growth while slowing down cancerous cell growth.
- Colorectal cancer – studies show that cases of colorectal cancer could be cut in half simply by maintaining healthy vitamin D levels.
- Prostate cancer – The second most common cause of cancer death in men, prostate cancer, could potentially be slowed, if not stopped, by getting enough vitamin D.
4. Erectile dysfunction:
Sure ED isn’t life-threatening, but it can have a terrible effect on your quality of life. And since ED affects up to 30 million men in the United States alone it counts as a major health issue. The Journal of Sexual Medicine reports that significantly low levels of vitamin D are directly associated with severe ED.
5. Heart disease:
By some estimates, 70 percent of heart patients could be vitamin D deficient. And a growing stack of research indicates that low vitamin D levels are linked to higher risks of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, a greater risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death.
Affecting more than 2 million people, schizophrenia has been linked to unhealthy levels of vitamin D. In fact the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism examined more than 15 studies and discovered they all showed the same thing – people with vitamin D deficiencies were twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people with normal, healthy levels of this vital vitamin.
The good news is that between diet, supplements, and a daily dose of sunshine there’s no reason for any of us to be vitamin D deficient. Eat more vitamin D foods including portabella mushrooms, smoked salmon, swordfish, cod liver oil, and dairy products and try to spend at least 20 minutes a day outside in the sunshine with your face and arms exposed. Supplements can help make up any shortfalls.
Now that we’re learning just how essential the sunshine vitamin really is keeping your levels in the healthy zone should be a top priority. Your doctor can run tests to check your levels for you.