According to scientists, the best way to get higher vitamin D levels is appropriate sun exposure. Through the winter, we are deprived of sun exposure, and the best way to get the vitamin D that period is with artificial UVB light.
Keep in mind that you should not use the tanning beds if they have magnetic ballets. These magnetic ballets are really damaging. But, if electronics ballast is used than all of these problems will be lowered to minimum.
Another concern with these beds are the bulbs that are used. These bulbs usually contain only UVA light which does not increase the vitamin D but give you only the tan.
You can think of vitamin D not like vitamin, but like a potent neuroregulatory steroidal hormone. This is why vitamin D is associated with a hundred of common health issues if its levels in the body are low. On the other hand, if you have good levels of vitamin D, your risk of dying will be reduced up to 50%.
This vitamin is really good because it can affect about 3,000 of your 24,000 genes and that is done via vitamin D receptors found throughout the body.
Vitamin D beneficially affects gene activity
Vitamin D is important because it regulates body’s ability to combat chronic inflammation and infections. This vitamin also promotes the production of more than 200 anti-microbial peptides where cathelicidin is the most important.
According to a 2013 article by Orthomolecular Medicine, this vitamin can provide remarkable benefits to physical and mental health, and here are few:
- Autism, Alzheimer’s, and other brain dysfunction
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Pregnancy outcomes (lowered risk of Cesarean section and pre-exlampsia)
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes
- Heart disease and stroke
Relevance of vitamin D in Crohn’s Disease
An increased risk of Crohn’s disease was linked with low vitamin D levels in our body. It was also shown that fixing vitamin D deficiency improves symptoms of the disease. According to a recent study, it was found significant interaction between vitamin D levels and Crohn’s disease susceptibility.
Crohn’s disease patients have been found to have low serum vitamin D levels. A research was made on seven DNA sequence variations and two of them showed a notable association with vitamin D levels in patients with Crohn’s disease.
Vitamin D may reduce depression and pain
Depression and pain in women diagnosed with diabetes can be reduced with vitamin D supplementation. PhychCentral reported about this:
The investigators set out to determine how vitamin D supplementation might affect women with type 2 diabetes who were also suffering from depression.
At the beginning of the study, 61 percent of women reported neuropathic pain, such as shooting or burning pain in their legs and feet, and 74 percent had sensory pain, such as numbness and tingling in their hands, fingers and legs.
During the course of the study, the participants took a 50,000 IU vitamin D2 supplement every week for 6 months. By the end of the study, the women’s depression levels had significantly improved following the supplementation.
Furthermore, participants who suffered from neuropathic and/or sensory pain at the beginning of the study reported that these symptoms decreased at 3 and 6 months following vitamin D2 supplementation.”
Why I recommend vitamin D3 over D2
Drisdol is the synthetic version of the main vitamin D2. It is made via radiation of fungus and plant matter. On the other hand, unlike vitamin D3, this version of the vitamin is not produced by the body when exposed to sun or safe tanning beds.
There was a study made about assessment of mortality rates on people who supplemented their body with D2 versus those who consumed D3. It was found a 6% risk reduction among those who used vitamin D and 2% risk increase among those who used D2.
Cut your breast cancer risk with vitamin D, cancer surgeon suggests
A British breast cancer surgeon, Professor Kefah Mokbel, says that supplementation with vitamin D helps cut breast cancer risk.
“Prof. Mokbel has also requested Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, to make [vitamin D] pills freely available as this would result in saving about a 1,000 lives annually. ‘I am calling for all women from the age of 20 to be given free vitamin D supplements on the NHS because it is effective in protecting against breast cancer,’ Prof. Mokbel said.
…[R]esearch10, 11 conducted by the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb, which analyzed menopausal women from rural eastern Nebraska for over four years, revealed that taking vitamin D supplements along with calcium cut about 60 percent risk of cancer, including breast, lung and colon cancer…’It’s inexpensive, it’s safe, and it’s easy to take. It’s something that should be considered by a lot of people,’ says Joan Lappe, professor of nursing and medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. ‘It’s low-risk with maybe a high pay-off.’”
Vitamin D is critical for cancer prevention
This vitamin can be of great help when it comes to protecting our organism against various cancer types, including lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, pancreatic, and skin cancers. This was proven in over 2,500 laboratory trials as well as 200 epidemiological studies.
Most important – maintaining optimal vitamin D serum levels
We need to keep beneficial serum level at all times. According to studies 40mg/ml is the minimum needed fir cancer prevention. Just like a 2009 study said:
“Higher serum levels of the main circulating form of vitamin D, 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), are associated with substantially lower incidence rates of colon, breast, ovarian, renal, pancreatic, aggressive prostate and other cancers. Epidemiological findings combined with newly discovered mechanisms suggest a new model of cancer etiology that accounts for these actions of 25(OH)D and calcium. Its seven phases are disjunction, initiation, natural selection, overgrowth, metastasis, involution, and transition (abbreviated DINOMIT). Vitamin D metabolites prevent disjunction of cells and are beneficial in other phases.
It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three fourths of deaths from these diseases in the United States and Canada, based on observational studies combined with a randomized trial.
Such intakes also are expected to reduce case-fatality rates of patients who have breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer by half… The time has arrived for nationally coordinated action to substantially increase intake of vitamin D and calcium.”
In the end, it is very important to provide general supplementation guidelines. Adult individuals need about 8,000 IUs daily to reach a serum level of 40 ng/ml, which as we said is a healthy serum. So this is the reason why you should increase your sun exposure and chose some supplements to boost your vitamin D intake.