That One Critical Nutrient Your Multivitamin May Not Have Enough of
Did you know that vitamin D is not really a vitamin? Vitamin D is actually turned into a hormone by the body. This hormone is called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.”
Your body will make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
I grew up in Washington State where it always seemed to rain a lot. As a kid I was forced to take cod liver oil as a supplement. I was too young to figure out why at the time, but it contained vitamin D and I wasn’t getting enough of it. This was to help my bones as well as to prevent rickets. Research is now showing that vitamin D may be a very important part of treating a whole list of serious long term health problems.
It is estimated that 75% of Americans are deficient in this vitamin.
Yet, experts estimate that adequate supplementation with this nutrient can reduce your risk of developing cancer by up to 77%, and cut your risk of developing heart disease by as much as 53%.
You may be wondering what is this incredibly important nutrient that can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, but is not included in sufficient amounts in virtually any of the multivitamins out there?
It’s actually a vitamin that our bodies can produce, yet most of us don’t have enough of.
You may have guessed it – it’s vitamin D.
The problem with ALL multivitamins on the market is that they don’t have enough of the “sunshine vitamin”.
You see, most multivitamins only include the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of the various vitamins and minerals.
The RDA is a minimum number set by the government to ensure people don’t develop acute vitamin deficiency diseases like scurvy, pellagra, and beriberi.
Personally, I am not interested in merely surviving — I want to thrive. I want to enjoy OPTIMAL health.
Therefore I take MORE than the minimal amount of each vitamin.
And so should YOU.
To achieve OPTIMAL health, you need to take the OPTIMAL amounts of vitamin D.
Currently the RDA (minimum amount) for vitamin D is set at 400 IU.
They haven’t revisited that number in more than 20 years.
When these numbers were set in the mid-1990s, most members of the medical community didn’t look at vitamin D as being all that important.
They agreed we needed some of it to aid in the absorption of calcium in order to maintain strong bones and healthy teeth.
Here’s the problem with the amounts, though…
In the last 10 years, numerous studies around the world have shown that vitamin D is a lot more important than we once thought.
In fact, it could very well be THE most important vitamin there is.
It reduces the risk of developing most cancers.
It fights heart disease, diabetes and bone loss.
It cuts the risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
By unlocking over 200 DNA blueprints needed by your body’s cells for growth and immunity.
But don’t take my word for it. See the results of the latest research from the Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford in the UK:
What does this mean for you?
It means that supplementing with vitamin D can help keep you healthy for much longer. It will also greatly reduce the risk of developing debilitating diseases.
There are no shortcuts.
Lying out in the sun exposing your entire body to sunlight will absolutely raise your vitamin D levels.
There are, however, risks that could counter the effect of any vitamin D you create doing that.
Risks like sunburn and skin cancer to name just two.
Getting some sun is fine. In fact, it’s a great idea.
Just be smart about it and give your body the proper support with a good vitamin D supplement.