Vitamin D - The Sunshine vitamin

Vitamin D – for whole body health

Given that the best source of vitamin D is the sun, and Australia is one of the sunniest countries on earth, you would probably think it unlikely you would be vitamin D deficient. Well think again! According to the Medical Journal of Australia, nearly a third of men and women in Australia have mild to moderate vitamin D deficiency. One theory is that the ‘Slip Slop Slap’ message has been so effective over the past 25 years, that many of us are missing out on vitamin D.

Here’s why it’s important to have adequate levels of the “sunshine vitamin”:

Bone health: vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and therefore for healthy bones and teeth.

Blood glucose levels: Adjunct Professor at the University of California Dr Cedric Garland, believes, if the worldwide vitamin D deficiency was corrected, “The first thing we’d see would be a reduction in the incidence of type-2 diabetes by 80 per cent.”

High blood pressure:  improves when patients are exposed to UVB rays, since vitamin D relaxes the blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.

Back pain: Dr Soram Khalsa, author of The Vitamin D Revolution, recommends that any patient who experiences unexplained muscle, joint or bone pain should be checked for vitamin D deficiency. A 2003 study found that 83 per cent of patients with lower back pain of unknown cause had abnormally low levels of vitamin D. After supplementation 95 per cent reported improvement in their pain.

Brain health: Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to an increased risk for anxiety and one doctor, John Cannell, has been developing a theory that links vitamin D deficiency to the rising incidence of developmental disorders in children.

Your doctor can check your vitamin D levels with a simple blood test.

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