Hello.  Today (May 25, 2013) we talked about the importance of Vitamin D 3 to the human body.  What a pity that so many people are deficient and aren't aware that they are.  It is an inexpensive test to perform, under $40.00. and yet it will make you aware of where you stand.

What are some of the symptoms (these may or may not manifest themselves) that could mean you are deficient in D 3.

The flu - It was discovered that vitamin d deficiency predisposes children to respiratory diseases. 


Asthma - Vitamin D may reduce the severity of asthma attacks.  Research shows that asthma attacks in school children were significantly lowered in those subjects thaking a daily vitamin d supplement.


Muscle weakness - This is usually caused by a d 3 deficiency because for skeletal muscles to function properly, their vitamin D receptors must be sustained by vitamin d.


Pain - Over the past 10 years, several researchers have found an association between extremely low vitamin D levels and chronic, general pain that doesn’t respond to treatment.


Diabetes - Yet another study conducted with 10,366 children were given 2000 international units of Vitamin d 3 per day during their first day of life.  The children were monitored for 31 years, and in all of them, the risk of type 1 diabetes was reduced by 80 percent. 


Chronic kidney disease - Patients with advanced chronic kidney diseases (especially those requiring dialysis) are not able to make the active form of vitamin D 3.  These patients would benefit from taking D 3 to support calcium metabolism, decrease the risk of renal bone disease, and regulate parathyroid hormone levels. 


Periodontal disease - this Chronic gum disease may cause swelling and bleeding gums.  Taking increased dosages of D would help produce defensins and cathelicidin.  These are compounds that contain microbial properties and lowers the number of bacteria in the mouth. 


Cardiovascular disease - Congestive heart failure is associated with vitamin d deficiency.  Research finds that women with low vitamin d levels had a 67 per cent increased risk of developing hypertension.


Depression - There is a link between low vitamin d and depression.  In a study, it was discovered that maintaining sufficient vitamin d levels among pregnant women and during childhood was necessary to satisfy the vitamin d receptor in the brain integral for brain development and mental function maintenance in later life. 


Cancer - Research has discovered a connection between high vitamin d intake and reduced risk of breast cancer.  The findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research, revealing that increased doses of the sunshine vitamin were linked to a 75 per cent reduction in overall cancer growth and 50 per cent reduction in tumor cases among those already having the disease.  Of interest was the capacity of vitamin supplementation to help control the development and growth of brease cancer specially estrogen-sensitive brease cancer.