Shaklee Distributor in Dallas talks about vitamin D.

Shaklee Distributor in Dallas talks about vitamin D.

Why you’re not getting enough vitamin D

Low vitamin D has been linked to less than optimal heart health, immune function, bone health, and an increased risk for certain cancers. A growing number of experts believe current vitamin D intakes and blood levels are too low to support your best health. It has been estimated that as many as 80% of Americans may not have high enough blood levels of vitamin D.

Causes of vitamin D insufficiency

What causes this high amount of vitamin D insufficiency?  There are several factors that determine the amount of vitamin D in your body each day. Vitamin D is formed in the body when your unprotected skin is exposed to sunlight, or it’s available in vitamin D-rich foods, but we are avoiding sun exposure and we don’t eat an abundance of foods containing  vitamin D today.

The season or calendar month is a risk factor for vitamin D insufficiency because of the reduced sunlight during late autumn, winter, and early spring. Sun exposure is vital to vitamin D health and vitamin D insufficiency rises with the increase in sunscreen use and reduced time spent outdoors.

The geographical latitude of your home location is another determinant of daily sunlight exposure, and skin color is a key factor because those with darker skin do not convert sunlight to vitamin D internally as well as lighter skin does.  Increasing age, being overweight, lack of exercise, and low intake of fish and other vitamin D-rich foods in the diet are some other critical factors that can create a greater need for vitamin D.

You can ‘D-fend’ yourself

Consider getting 10–20 minutes of sun exposure daily without the use of sunscreen. Exercise regularly and achieve a healthy weight. Eat fish and vitamin D-fortified foods more often.   And because we know that obtaining sufficient vitamin D from foods is difficult, find a high-quality dietary supplement of vitamin D3, the most potent form of vitamin D found naturally in the human body.

I find that Vita-D, from the Shaklee corporation to be an excellent source of vitamin D3.  Take the “D-ology” test to see if you need extra vitamin D to help ward off the conditions linked to low levels of this critical nutrient.

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Dallas Alternative Nutritional Supplement Source Tim Wallace of Dallas Health Helpers, cites research on the need for vitamin D and calcium supplementation.

Dallas Alternative Nutritional Supplement Source Tim Wallace of Dallas Health Helpers, cites research on the need for vitamin D and calcium supplementation.

More and more research is proving the importance of vitamin d and calcium in maintaining good health.  The following demonstrates that in increasing one’s blood levels of these nutrients through supplementation is a wise choice.

In a Canadian study, calcium and vitamin d can have an enhanced  positive effect on weight loss and its effects on cholesterol levels.  A 15 week study showed an increase in HDL Cholesterol(the good one) and a lowered amount of LDL cholesterol(the undesirable one) in the women studied who took 1200 mg. of calcium and 400 i. u. of vitamin D  vs. the women who had lower levels of vitamin D and calcium in their blood streams.

In a follow up womens health study, premenaupausal women who took more vitamin D and calcium had a reduced risk of breast cancer.

Creighton University showed that women who were given 1100 I.U. of vitamin D  and 1400 to 1500 mg. of calcium had a 60% lower overall risk of cancer than the placebo group.

Higher than RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) amounts of vitamin D are being studied as a way to reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer and the results are looking very postive.

Deficiencies of Vitamin D and Calcium may be contributing to the increased incidence of type 2 diabetes.  A Tufts University review shows that supplementing with vitamin d and calcium may help to control blood sugar levels which could help to control the development of type 2 diabetes.

Vitamin D deficiencies have also been associated with cardiovascular disease.  This was reported by researchers at Harvard Medical School in Circulation, a publication of the American Heart Association.  Participants in the study with low vitamin D levels showed a higher rate of incidences of cardiovascular events in the 5 year follow up period.  This higher rate associated with vitamin D deficiency was very evident in those with high blood pressure.

In the Creighton University study, it was also found that very active women who took increased levels of vitamin D and calcium over a period of 8 weeks showed a decreased number of stress fractures over the next TWO YEARS than those who were given a placebo.  This is of particular interest to young athletes and it is important to note that the effects of 8 weeks of supplementation were evident for 2 years.

Dallas Alternative Nutritional Supplement Source is about being healthy without drugs or synthetics.   Call 214.871.9596 or email us to learn more about vitality, health and vitamin D and calcium supplementation.

Dallas Nutritionist recommends others along with calcium.

Dallas Nutritionist recommends others along with calcium.  Most people know that calcium is important. But is the total picture clear to everyone? There are things that help calcium be better absorbed and more effective.


 
Osteoporosis is a major health issue.  Americans consume more dairy products and calcium than any other population in the world, but we still have one of the highest rates of this debilitating disease. Half of women and a quarter of men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in his or her lifetime.

And while osteoporosis can strike at any age, it is often thought of as a disease that affects the elderly.    Think of calcium as the bricks in the bone-building process because it doesn’t work alone to build and maintain strong bones.  Bricklayers know that a house is only as strong as the mortar that holds it together.  And the nutritional “cement” for building and maintaining strong bones includes vitamins D and K, magnesium, boron, zinc, copper and manganese.

Nearly half a million older adults were followed by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers who found that increasing calcium consumption in women was associated with a lower risk of developing cancer. The beneficial effect seemed to peak at about 1,300 mg of calcium daily.  Perhaps because women were more likely to take a multivitamin/mineral supplement that contained calcium, and much more likely to take a calcium supplement regularly, a similar effect on total cancer wasn’t seen  in men .

But men and women were found to be in agreement on at least one thing. A lower risk of developing cancers of the digestive system, including colon cancer was associated with a diet rich in calcium from foods and supplements.  In fact, men and women with the highest calcium intakes had a 16 and 23% lower risk respectively for digestive system cancers compared to those with the lowest calcium intakes.

 Who can benefit from supplementing with calcium and the other nutrients for bone health?

  • Individuals concerned about building strong bones and maintaining long-term bone health
  • Persons whose diet may be low in key bone-building nutrients, particularly women age 30 and older, teenagers, and the elderly.
  • Smokers, those who have high intakes of alcohol, or frequently drink soft drinks —lifestyle habits that can limit or interfere with the utilization of calcium
  • Women who experience PMS symptoms
  • Those concerned with issues of retaining normal blood pressure
  • Anyone who finds calcium supplements too chalky, too big, or hard to swallow

What does a calcium supplement need to contain to be truly effective?

  1. 1,000 mg (100% DV) of elemental calcium from nature’s most concentrated and easily absorbed sources
  2. 400 mg (100% DV) of magnesium to help incorporate calcium into bone and help strengthen bones
  3. 400 IU (100% DV) of vitamin D to stimulate calcium absorption
  4. Boron in a clinically supported amount to aid bone metabolism
  5. Vitamin K to help bind minerals to form bone matrix
  6. Manganese, copper, and zinc – co-factors that activate enzymes that help build bone mass

 You can purchase these supplements individually, but I recommend Osteomatrix,a single supplement that fills the bill easily.  It is recommended that calcium supplementation’s daily dosage be spread over at least intakes to allow for better absorption.
 
Dallas Health Helpers has been in the nutrition business for 26 years.  Our offices are in Dallas, but our reach is nation wide.