Vitamin D found to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis! – The Raw Food World News

(TRFW News) Vitamin D deficiency in the United States tends to be a growing concern but an easy one to manage. It is estimated that three quarters of teens and adults are deficient in Vitamin D. (1) Recently it was revealed that a calculation error may be a contributor to this deficiency, changing the daily recommended dosage from 600 IU daily to 7,000 IU daily.

There are signs and symptoms to watch for that increase the likelihood that you may have Vitamin D deficiency. If you have dark skin, feelings of depression, are 50 or older, are overweight, have achy bones, head sweating, or gut trouble, it may be time to increase your Vitamin D intake. (2)

Vitamin D found to decrease pain and improve functioning associated with osteoarthritis.

Recently a University of Florida study reported that higher levels of Vitamin D might decrease pain and improve functioning for individuals who struggle with osteoarthritis associated with being overweight. The article reported that obese participants who suffered from osteoarthritis and had adequate amounts of Vitamin D levels could walk, balance, and move from sitting to standing with greater ease. When Vitamin D levels were low, participants struggled moving from sitting to standing. (3)

“Adequate vitamin D may be significant to improving osteoarthritis pain because it affects bone quality and protects cell function to help reduce inflammation. Vitamin D maintains calcium and phosphate concentration levels to keep bones strong,” said lead author Toni L. Glover. “Increased pain due to osteoarthritis could limit physical activity, including outdoor activity, which would lead to both decreased vitamin D levels and increased obesity.” (3)

Osteoarthritis affects millions of people around the world and occurs when cartilage on the end of the bones wears down. This cause joint stiffness, pain, and loss of movement in joints. (3)

Get some sunshine or pick up a high quality Vitamin D supplement to help reduce pain!

The research team analyzed blood samples in a diverse group of 256 middle age and older adults. These participants also self-reported osteoarthritis pain and completed a functional performance test. Among participants, 126 were obese and 68 of these participants were deficient in Vitamin D. Only 29 out of 130 non-obese participants were deficient in Vitamin D. (3)

“Vitamin D is inexpensive, available over-the-counter, and toxicity is fairly rare,” Glover said. Older obese patients with chronic pain should discuss their vitamin D status with their primary care provider. If it’s low, take a supplement and get judicious sun exposure.” (3)

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