Most people suffer from D-ficiency

Did you know that doctors prescribe Vitamin D?

The reason is that it is such an important vitamin in terms of calcium absorbtion and bone health, but in our later years our ability to produce the Vitamin D decreases. It also thought to help fight major diseases and can help with the pain of arthritis, muscle strength and coordination. Not to mention it ptobably keeps you thinking clearly in later life too.

However, different people need different amounts of Vitamin D (though most of us don’t get enough of the vitamin in the first place). So, it’s important to see a doctor about taking the right amount in the first place.

You can get Vitamin D from the sun, but the fact that so many doctors are prescribing it shows that our Vitmain D intake really does need supplementing.

The respected supplement company, Pharma Nord, produce Vitamin D capsules in various strengths. Once you have established how much you need and have started on a course, your Vitamin D levels could well return to normal.

Also, ask your doctor about which type of Vitamin D to take, because it come as both Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3.

 

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Cod liver oil makes a come back

There was a time when cod liver oil was feared by children the world over. Forced to gulp down horrid spoonfuls of the vile tasting liquid, they would do anything to avoid it, and all in the name of health.

Healthy oils for body and mind
Healthy oils for body and mind

But life has changed a lot since then. Most importantly it was realised that the Omega Fats in fish oil are excellent for strengthening the brain and heart and decreasing blood pressure. Add to this the benefit of being able to swallow doses in small capsules (thus helping with the taste) and children everywhere began to breathe a smile of relief.

Now Seven Seas are taking the revolution one step further combining a range of healthy oils, vitamins and minerals renowned for their beneficial properties. They’ve got some snazzy names too:

Radiant You
– Fish Oil blended with Biotin and Zinc for healthy hair, skin and nails.
Perfect Harmony
– Fish Oil with Primrose and Starflower Oils for hormonal balance.
Healthy Heart
– Fish Oil with Garlic and Vitamin B1 for the cardiovascular system.
Energetic You
– Fish Oil with B vitamins and CoQ10 for daily health and vitality.
Immune Defence
– Fish Oil with Vitamin C and Zinc keeps you fighting fit.
Flexible You
– Fish Oil with Calcium and Vitamins D & K for healthy bones, muscles and joints.
Active Mind
– Fish Oil blended with Ginkgo and Zinc for mental performance.

With advances like these, once tormented children can say hello to a daily dose of health without fear.

Is “vitamins kill” study a hoax?

Last week a surprising report came out of a study which claimed that vitamin supplements are dangerous to women in old age. However, should the statistics be viewed with suspicion?

Many respected news authorities reported the story, but now a few figures within the scientific community are questioning the reliability of the findings, with claims that the study was a cynical exercise funded by medicine producers who are anti-vitamin in their outlook.

Vitamin pills. Good or bad?
Vitamin pills. Good or bad?

So what is the truth?

Thankfully, the NHS runs a service called Behind the Headlines. It is very useful for checking the facts behind the health scares which seem to be published on an almost daily basis.

So what’s the truth?

First of all the NHS confirm that it is impossible to conclude from the study that vitamins kill. No one has ever died from taking too many vitamins.

Moreover, because the study was done on the basis of a questionnaire, the research could not account for all the factors which contributed to the mortality of the women and this also produced conflicting results. For example, those who ate more fruit and veg or already had illnesses complicated the findings in a way which meant that surveying the effect of vitamin supplements was, at best, vague.

The NHS advises that most vitamins can be gained from a balanced diet, but there are times when dietary supplements can be beneficial (particularly in groups who are at risk of vitamin deficiencies for reasons of illness or lifestyle). High doses of vitamins can have side effects but if a doctor has advised that you take supplements you should not stop doing so.

Can we trust the study at all?

Interestingly, the study was able to repeat findings that iron and calcium supplementation was consistent with higher mortality, but nothing can be proved until there are controlled tests on the safety of vitamin supplements.

Dr Glenys Jones, a Medical Research Council nutritionist, says: “Research in this area to date has had inconsistent findings, and what is needed to determine whether supplement use actually causes an alteration of mortality rate is a number of well-controlled intervention studies that can then be brought together and reviewed.”

Did Mozart die from a lack of vitamin D?

We’re learning more and more about how Vitamin D protects the body. But in the light of this comes a new theory about Mozart’s death.

The musical genius died at the tender age of 35, and while he suffered many illnesses, the question of what he died from is still a mystery.

Now however, two scientists believe that Mozart’s habit of composing at night and sleeping during the day helped lead to his departure.

Mozart on his deathbed
Mozart on his deathbed

A vitamin D deficiency places a person at mortal risk from many of the illnesses Mozart suffered from. It’s difficult not to ponder that if only Mozart had had access to Vitamin D supplements he might have doubled his lifetime’s output of masterpieces.

Mozart noted that most of his infections occurred between October and May. This also happens to be the time when people living in the higher altitude far north of Austria (as Mozart did) can’t make enough vitamin D from the sun.

Studies link having adequate vitamin D with a lower risks of flu, pneumonia, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and more. It may just be that vitamin D supplements may help your health hit the right note.

More Vitamin D could protect you from disease

Vitamin D works with your cells to protect you from a number of diseases. In fact the list of illnesses it is known that Vitamin D can help with is still growing.

Multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancers, rheumatoid arthritis – all of these can now be conected to a deficiency in Vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin is also known to help, in some cases significantly, with osteoporosis, immunity, muscular pain, coronary illness and depression.

As an anti-depressant, Vitamin D can reduce depression and enhance your mood, sociability and overall sense of wellbeing. Yet more than half the UK population is deficient in this vitamin.

If you live north of Birmingham you won't get enough Vitamin D from the sun in the winter
If you live north of Birmingham you won't get enough Vitamin D from the sun in the winter

And, this is interesting, if you live roughly north of Birmingham (above 52 degrees north) your body will not be able to make Vitamin D in the winter because of the lack of sunlight. In fact, a key reason why so many people developed rickets during the industrial revolution was because everywhere was covered in dense smog.

So how do you get more of the vitamin?

As well as sunlight Vitamin D can also be gained from fish and shellfish, and a little from eggs, dairy produce and green vegetables. But there are calls for the RDA of Vitamin D to be increased because it is such a significant health-giving nutrient.

But, given that so many people suffer from a lack of this sun-sourced friend, it’s useful to take Vitamin D in tablet form. A good vegan source of Vitamin D can be found in Viridian Vitamin D2.

Vit D can cut the risk of getting bowel cancer

Vitamin D can cut the risk of getting bowel cancer by 40%, but in winter in UK getting enough vitamin D from the sun can be almost impossible. Vitamin D has already been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease & protect against brittle bones & Multiple Sclerosis. The latest study looked at 500,000 Europeans in 10 Western countries. Those with high vit D in their blood had the lowest risk of cancer. Vit D deficiency has also caused a rise in cases of rickets in children – bone deformities. The British Medical Journal said that “a few hundred children are treated for rickets in UK each year.” Dr. Tim Cheetham of Newcastle Uni said “Health professionals have been slow to deal with the problem although it’s been known about for a while.” Half of UK adults are estimated to have vitamin D deficiency in winter & spring.

Vitamin D, the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous,  it contributes to joint and bone health. Researchers have found that Vitamin D may help reduce the risk of other diseases such as cancer, chronic pain, cardiovascular and may protect against autoimmune disease.

Recent research has shown good management of vitamin D deficiency may be a simple and cost-effective method to prevent the serious complications associated with diabetes. The Diabetes Educater suggests that diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, and a low intake of Vitamin D may increase the risk of cardiac events.

You would find this vitamin in very few foods and it is normally available as a dietary supplement. People who are exposed to normal quantities of sunlight do not need the  ‘Sunshine vitamin’ as Vitamin D is normally produced in the skin after exposure to sunlight.

If you find that you don’t receive enough sun for your daily dosage of Vitamin D then here are a few ways you may obtain this vitamin,