VITAMIN D "THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN"...
..because we can usually get it from the sun's ultraviolet rays; it
supports bone development and is needed for calcium and vitamin C
absorption, and it supports the nervous system. Vitamin D plays a dual role
as both a vitamin and a hormone that stimulates the body to absorb calcium.
Natural Factors Vitamin D3 is derived from sheep wool lanolin.
Most people do not
think about bone health until they are in their later years. This is a
mistake because significant increases in bone density can only be made in
childhood or early adulthood (up to age 30). For the remainder of our lives
the goal is to maintain our bones.
is a loss of bone density. The bony matrix is of normal composition but
decreased amounts because more bone is being broken down than is being
produced. Testosterone and estrogen maintain bone density by promoting bone
building and slowing bone removal. This is one reason why bone density
decreases as we age
Stay active to
increase your bone health. Immobility and insufficient weight bearing
exercise cause bone loss. Gravity puts a stress on the bone and the body
responds by increasing the density of the bone. Exercising in youth actually
increases bone density above normal and exercise throughout life protects
against bone loss. Maintain appropriate weight because people that are
underweight also are at a greater risk for osteoporosis. Their bones are
not stressed as much as the bones of people who are of normal weight.
A healthy diet, with sufficient protein intake, is one protective factor
against bone loss. Dietary deficiencies of protein cause bone loss because
the bone is constantly remodelling itself. Up to 7% of our bone mass is
turned over every week. Choose lean meats, fermented dairy products and
legumes to fill your daily protein requirements. Supplement with protein
powder or amino acid complex if you cannot consume enough protein.
There are a multitude of minerals that form the matrix of the bone.
Deficiency in any one of these nutrients can lead to bone loss. Minerals
can be lost in the cooking process so eat your vegetables and fruits raw or
lightly steamed. Drink filtered or spring water. If you drink reverse
osmosis or distilled water replace the missing minerals with a supplement.
Vitamin D helps bring calcium into the bone. It is one of the fat-soluble
vitamins that are poorly absorbed through the digestive process as we age.
In areas away from the equator, skin production of vitamin D is limited
during certain times of the year. Eating vitamin D rich foods like fish and
egg yolks, and taking vitamin D supplements, will maintain your bone
Vitamin D and Cancer
Recent studies have shown that taking at least 1000iu daily of vitamin D can
also reduce the risk of cancer dramatically - by up to 60%! The
authors of one study recognized the important role that vitamin D can play
in cancer prevention and the need for increasing its intake throughout the
entire world. In this study, one group of women were given 1100iu of
vitamin D daily over a four year period, while another group received a
placebo. The group receiving the vitamin D experienced a dramatically
lower rate of cancers than the control group.