10 More Reasons to Take Vitamin D
1.) The flu – In a study published in the Cambridge Journals, it was discovered that
vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory diseases. An intervention
study conducted showed that vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory
infections in children.
2.) Muscle weakness – According to Michael F. Holick, a leading vitamin D expert,
muscle weakness is usually caused by vitamin D deficiency because for skeletal
muscles to function properly, their vitamin D receptors must be sustained by
3.) Psoriasis – In a study published by the UK PubMed central, it was discovered
that synthetic vitamin D analogues were found useful in the treatment of psoriasis.
4.) Chronic kidney disease – According to Holick, patients with advanced chronic
kidney diseases (especially those requiring dialysis) are unable to make the active
form of vitamin D. These individuals need to take 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 or one
of its calcemic analogues to support calcium metabolism, decrease the risk of renal
bone disease and regulate parathyroid hormone levels.
5.) Diabetes – A study conducted in Finland was featured in Lancet.com in which
10,366 children were given 2000 international units (IU)/day of vitamin D3 per day
during their first day of life. The children were monitored for 31 years and in all of
them, the risk of type 1 diabetes was reduced by 80 percent.
6.) Asthma – Vitamin D may reduce the severity of asthma attacks. Research
conducted in Japan revealed that asthma attacks in school children were
significantly lowered in those subjects taking a daily vitamin D supplement of 1200
IU a day.
7.) Periodontal disease – Those suffering from this chronic gum disease that
causes swelling and bleeding gums should consider raising their vitamin D levels to
produce defensins and cathelicidin, compounds that contain microbial properties
and lower the number of bacteria in the mouth.
8.) Cardiovascular disease – Congestive heart failure is associated with vitamin D
deficiency. Research conducted at Harvard University among nurses found that
women with low vitamin D levels (17 ng/m [42 nmol/L]) had a 67 percent
increased risk of developing hypertension.
9.) Schizophrenia and Depression – These disorders have been linked to vitamin
D deficiency. In a study, it was discovered that maintaining sufficient vitamin D
among pregnant women and during childhood was necessary to satisfy the vitamin
D receptor in the brain integral for brain development and mental function
maintenance in later life.
10.) Cancer – Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington
DC discovered a connection between high vitamin D intake and reduced risk of
breast cancer. These findings, presented at the American Association for Cancer
Research, revealed that increased doses of the sunshine vitamin were linked to a
75 percent reduction in overall cancer growth and 50 percent reduction in tumor
cases among those already having the disease. Of interest was the capacity of
vitamin supplementation to help control the development and growth of breast
cancer specially estrogen-sensitive breast cancer