Conventional medicine is finally coming on board with something I and a few others have been preaching for some time — the benefits of adequate vitamin D3 levels to your overall health; especially for seniors.
I have been so mesmerized, excited and overpowered with the benefits of vitamin D3 and sunshine that over the years I have accumulated a small library on the subject. That’s why I write about it so often. I trust you never become bored with the information because it is so important.
The vitamin D3 excitement grows exponentially for seniors, as it so directly affects the most common ailments afflicting them. So when I see a study endorsed by conventional medicine that recommends daily vitamin D3 intake far above the recommended daily allowance (RDA), I have to share it.
This latest study published in Osteoporosis International in March used a randomized placebo-controlled trial to assess the effects of daily supplementation with vitamin D3 at 4,000 IU (100 μg), 2,000 IU (50 μg) or placebo for one year on biochemical markers of vitamin D status in preparation for a large trial for prevention of fractures and other outcomes.
This is big news because the RDA for vitamin D3 is 600 IU for ages 4 to 70, and 800 IU for people aged 71 and above. Researchers determined through the study that daily doses of 4,000 IU were associated with lower disease risk.
Researchers also learned:
- Average baseline vitamin D status was 20 ng/ml (optimal blood level of vitamin D for preventive health is 35-40 ng/ml).
- After 12 months, vitamin D levels increased to 55 ng/ml in those who supplemented with 4,000 IU, 40.8 ng/ml among those who supplemented with 2,000 IU (p < 0.0001). The placebo group’s vitamin D levels remained the same.
- Vitamin D levels significantly improved within one month of vitamin D supplementation in both supplement groups (p < 0.05).
- Between 6 and 12 months, the average 25(OH)D levels increased by 4.4 ng/ml and 2 ng/ml in the 4,000 IU and 2,000 IU supplement groups, respectively.
- Of the participants who were supplementing with vitamin D, the overall improvement in vitamin D status was decreased by one-third among overweight individuals and two-thirds in obese participants compared to those who were a normal weight.
- Both vitamin D supplement doses were well tolerated with no cases of hypercalcemia or kidney stones.
- Vitamin D supplementation did not impact heart health or physical function.
Those last two bullet points are key because conventional or orthodox medicine loves to scaremonger to get you to take only the RDA and no more. But the RDA, or RDI, is not a measure of “health.” It’s a measure of sickness, which is what the sickness care industry is all about. The RDA only barely prevents the diseases of vitamin deficiency. The RDA is the level you need to survive, not thrive. It is in no way the amount of any vitamin you need for your best health. Yet it’s been adopted erroneously as the gold standard of nutrient health when it’s the opposite.
Because they are vitamin D deficient, a growing number of adults are developing a vitamin D deficiency-related bone condition known as osteomalacia, sometimes called “adult rickets.” This condition, characterized by vague bone and muscle aches, is frequently misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or arthritis. This is the typical diagnosis of “conventional” or “orthodox” doctors. I just saw this happen and the patient (or victim) wouldn’t touch vitamin D3 and had to go on disability.
Vitamin D3 and sunshine is directly related to bone and muscle health. In fact, it’s its main job – just not the only one.
All seniors know about osteoporosis. But they don’t know that it’s a basic deficiency of vitamin D, which comprise the bone regrowth and remodeling process that goes on until death. Vitamin D3 deficiency inhibits direct absorption of calcium. Calcium enters the bloodstream and, with the help of vitamin D, is deposited in the bones. If this pattern doesn’t happen because of D3 deficiency, the bones become riddled with holes and become porous, brittle and weak, no matter how much calcium you take for bone health.
Beyond bones, vitamin D3 influences dozens of conditions including cancer, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes types I and II, cold and flu, aging signs, osteoporosis, seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, schizophrenia, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, infertility, depression, asthma and many more! And it influences nearly 3,000 of our 25,000 genes.
What would it take to get people on a very low-cost vitamin D supplement? And how many ailments and trips to the doctor would it prevent?