- Vitamin D is so essential – and yet what’s going on with the news coverage?
- Amazing news for arthritis sufferers… but there’s a catch
- So is this unhealthy or not?
I’ve written about this topic a lot…
But it’s SO important to your ongoing good health that I’m not sorry.
Because this single vitamin…
…Is essential for a life with less pain and stiffness.
…Keeps your bones strong…
…Protects you from infection and serious disease.
And that’s just for starters, as you’re about to see.
What’s more, this vitamin plays a starring role in an ongoing story where bad news, good news, health warnings and crazy hype over this vitamin are in a constant media cycle.
Yes, if you haven’t guessed yet…
It’s vitamin D.
But don’t think you’ve got the full lowdown on this one, even if you’re read all my articles on it so far.
Because this week, there was more news.
Significant news, too – enough for The Daily Mail to splash it excitedly over their pages on Wednesday.
Powerful protection against this autoimmune response
A new report has been published in the Journal of Autoimmunity. It shows that Vitamin D can prevent rheumatoid arthritis.
By beefing up your immune system, healthy levels of vitamin D stops your body from attacking its own cells – which is precisely what happens with autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Further to that, vitamin D is a natural anti-inflammatory (which we already knew) giving it a double-whammy effect.
The study’s author, Dr Louisa Jeffery, said: “Maintaining sufficient vitamin D may help to prevent the onset of inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.”
Great news, right?
Well, if you have a family history of rheumatoid arthritis, you’re getting the very first twinges of it, or you’re worried about developing the condition in the future, then YES. Absolutely. Topping up your vitamin D with a supplement can help protect you.
Ideally, you should use this method of delivering the vitamin in a strictly controlled dose. It’s a simple spray that gets the vitamin absorbed quickly under your tongue, by-passing the less-reliable stomach.
But there’s a but…
If you already have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system is less likely to react when you add more vitamin D. This is because it becomes less sensitive to the effects.
It means that suffers need much higher amounts to get any effect.
So it’s really worth establishing with a medical expert whether you truly have the condition or not.
And before we go plunging into The Mail’s latest whirlpool of enthusiasm…
Remember that only a year ago the media was making this warning:
TOO MUCH Vitamin D can be bad for you
An issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association showed a 2.8% rise in people in the USA taking potentially unsafe amounts of vitamin D.
How much is unsafe? They reckon when you take more than 4,000 IU per day of Vitamin D.
The media went bananas over evidence, reporting that too much vitamin D cancels out the benefits, and could actually weaken your bones.
This DIDN’T include “at risk” groups, for instance older people. And this is important, because you’re over 65, your skin makes only a quarter as much vitamin D as it would have done in your 20s.
And it depends on your skin colour, too. Those with darker skin usually have lower levels of vitamin D than people with lighter skin.
So it’s hard for both these groups to get even close to the ‘unsafe’ amount of more than 4,000 IU per day.
Unless that is, you’re popping vitamin D pills all through the day like they’re sweets. But ANY supplement is not ideal in massive, unnatural doses.
For instance, the oral spray we recommend here delivers you 1,000 IU n a really controlled way, via the tongue. It’s in tune with the Public Health England recommendation that you need 10 micrograms (1000IU) of Vitamin D every day.
It’s what you need to stay healthy, and you’re unlikely to overdose from the vitamin D you get on top of that from food (barely any in food these days) or sunshine, particularly in the winter in the UK.
Of course, if you’re lucky enough to be young and you get lots of sunshine, then you won’t need 1000 IU a day.
But otherwise, to scare people off vitamin D because of a few reckless pill-poppers is far worse than letting people sleepwalk into an old age of pain and bad health because they don’t have enough.
Just look at the mind-boggling range of benefits that vitamin D will bring to you.
• According to The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Vitamin D supplements reduce rates of acute respiratory infections (ARI) in nursing home residents.
• A study published in the British Medical Journal showed that daily Vitamin D supplements could prevent more than three million people a year falling ill with a cold or chest infection.
• Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body, helping prevent osteoporosis
• A study in the Journal of Gerontology showed that low levels of vitamin D increased mobility problems by 30%
• The Nutrition Journal published a study showing that maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D is associated with 60% less risk of developing bladder cancer.
• Dr Frank Garland at the University of California has shown that boosting Vitamin D intake by 2,000 IU could lower breast cancer and colorectal cancer rates by 21%-32% per year
• A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that you can lower your risk of getting cancer by more than 50% simply by boosting your vitamin D levels.
• A study published in the journal Schizophrenia Research linked low levels of vitamin D and heightened levels of depression.
To find out how you can top up your vitamin D levels using a spray which delivers the vitamin in the most efficient way possible, click here.
That’s it from me, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll be back next week.
Until then, stay healthy!
PS: Because vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, it can lead to calcification of your arteries unless you have good vitamin K2 levels. A study from 2013 showed that when you take both vitamin K2 and vitamin D, you slow down artery calcification and keep blood flowing freely…
For more information, check out this post on the People’s Doctor website: