But today, I want to get back to basics — because there’s a common nutrient you’ll find in every supermarket, pharmacy and big box chain store that costs just pennies a day but that packs more benefits than nearly any other nutrient you can name.
And now new research reveals how this humble inflammation-fighting vitamin can help you to avoid the leading cause of vision loss in seniors.
It’s vitamin D, and the new study of older women finds that low levels of the sunshine vitamin can increase your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by between 1.5 and 2.6 times.
If you’re genetically predisposed to this vision-robbing disease, vitamin D becomes even more important — because low levels will up your odds by 670 percent, according to the study in JAMA Ophthalmology.
There are a number of ways D can help fight the condition.
Vitamin D is an inflammation fighting superstar
To start with AMD is actually, at its core, an overactive immune response to inflammation. Since D is an inflammation fighting superstar, it can help keep that response in check. Vitamin D can also slow the excess growth of new blood vessels, a condition seen in AMD, especially in the late stages.
That helps explain why several other studies have found similar benefits, including a 2013 paper that found proper D levels will cut the risk of AMD by up to 50 percent.
The only problem with vitamin D is getting it. Despite all the positive press in recent years, it remains one of the leading nutritional deficiencies in the nation and in much of the world.
And odds are, you’re not getting enough yourself — especially if you live in the northern half of the country.
But even folks here in sunny southern California fall short in part because many don’t spend enough time outside, where sun exposure can help the body produce its own D, or they cover up with sunscreen when they do go out.
That’s why I recommend a vitamin D supplement for everyone. The best dose for you will depend on your own personal risk factors, but I’ve found that most people need between 2,000 and 5,000 IU per day.
Don’t stop with vitamin D. There are other essentials that can help you take on this disease and win, and you can read all about them in this free report from my House Calls archives.
Dr. Mark Stengler has appeared as a medical expert on FOX, CBS, NBC and hosts his own weekly PBS TV show, “Natural Healing with Mark Stengler.”
He’s also written 17 books, including “Prescription for Natural Cures” and The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies which have now sold over 1 million copies.
When he’s not busy sharing his knowledge of amazing alternatives to toxic mainstream therapies, Dr.Stengler practices what he preaches at his state-of-the-art Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in Encinitas, California.
Dr. Stengler has treated tens of thousands patients of all ages, with a wide range of health conditions, such as...
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What makes Dr. Stengler different is his diverse medical training in conventional medications and natural alternatives.
This means he can combine the best of modern technology and traditional time-tested therapies, for safer, long-term treatments.
His track-record of success with this breakthrough approach has earned him national acclaim as “America’s Natural Doctor.”
Dr. Stengler completed premed studies at Mt. Royal College and the University of Calgary, and graduated from naturopathic medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Stengler lives in San Diego County, California with his wife and three children. He enjoys quality time with his family. His hobbies include several sports and theological studies.
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