Do you know what your Vitamin D level is? It’s important for your health. Many studies have shown significant health benefits to your body if you have a higher level of Vitamin D. We recommend you maintain a serum level of greater than 50 ngm/l of Vitamin D3 in your blood. Heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancers are less when you do this. (more…)
At the recent American Stroke Association Conference in February, 2015, evidence was presented that demonstrated better recovery after a stroke if vitamin D levels were high. This is more evidence to proof that you should make sure your vitamin D levels have been checked and optimized.
The study was performed in Massachusetts and colleagues studied 96 patients who had suffered a stroke. They assessed their blood levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) and evaluated their outcome. 
We have known for a long time that low vitamin D levels have been associated in the past with neurovascular injury, or damage to the major blood vessels supplying the brain, brainstem, and the upper spinal cord. This study gives further evidence of the beneficial effects of vitamin D on brain tissue.
Amazingly, stroke patients who had low vitamin D levels less than 30ng/ml showed two-times (twice) larger areas of dead tissue in the brain compared to patients with norm vitamin D levels greater than 30ng/ml. Moreover, for every 10 ng/ml reduction in vitamin D level, the chance for healthy recovery in the three months following stroke decreased by almost half, regardless of the patient’s age or initial stroke severity.
Another recent study involving over 700 men and women followed for up to 10 years showed a reduction in the incidence of stroke when serum levels of vitamin D were high. Thus, the risk of having a stroke can be significantly decreased by making sure you have adequate vitamin D in your body.
At TrueMD, we have always recommended that patients make sure their blood levels of vitamin D are optimized. We recommend that patients try to increase their levels to greater than 50 ng/ml due to multiple reasons, including a proven decreased risk of many cancers. Many studies have confirmed a reduction in breast cancer, , prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and others cancers by increasing vitamin D to optimal levels. In addition, vitamin D is beneficial for the eyes, the heart, and many other organ systems., 
The present study confirms the importance of vitamin D and brain health. If it can help stroke patients recover, it certainly can help everyone by preserving the health of the neurons in our brains. Checking for your vitamin D level is thus important, and if low, get on a supplement of vitamin D to ensure maintenance of proper levels.
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Numerous observational studies have found out that vitamin D is associated with reduced risk of cancers like ovarian cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer. U.S. scientists claim that Vitamin D reduces the chance of developing some common cancers by as much as 50 %. Vitamin D cut the risk of several types of cancer by 60 percent overall for older women in the most rigorous study yet.
Researchers have reviewed around 63 old studies ad have found out the effectiveness of Vitamin D. but experts are of the opinion that more hardcore research is required to draw a more firm and confirmed decision.
The research provides enough evidence that vitamin D is the single most effective medicine against cancer. It outpaces the benefits of any cancer drug that is known to modern science.
One of the best ways to prevent yourself from developing cancer is by treating long term nutritional deficiencies that lead to cancer. However, in our opinion, the U.S. government recommendations for vitamin D are artificially low.
The FDA has aggressively attacked companies who offer anti cancer nutrients or has totally censored the very mention of the word “cancer” by supplement companies. It at times seems that the FDA does not want people to prevent cancer.
Our opinion is that a world that is virtually free of cancer can be easily created if we focus more on taking tough action to outlaw cancer causing chemicals and investing in genuine cancer prevention education such as adequate nutritional supplementation.
After the research had been conducted, medical societies were favorable about the University of California study but they also at the same time mentioned that excess vitamin D could harm the liver and the kidneys. Thus, physician monitoring of your levels is recommended. The natural form of vitamin D is known as D3. This is usually is produced in the skin after the skin is exposed to sun light. But it can also be obtained from certain foods such as margarine, meat and oily fish.
The research made an in depth study into the relationship of the blood levels of vitamin D and cancer risk. It is also true that Afro-Caribbean people stand very less chance of surviving from , colon, prostate and ovarian cancers from white people. This is because possibly because dark skins are not as good at making vitamin D.
The papers reviewed, published worldwide between 1966 and 2004, included 30 investigations of colon cancer, 13 of breast cancer, 26 of prostate cancer and seven of ovarian cancer. Scientists said analysis showed that, for at least some cancers, the vitamin D factor could not be ignored. Taking 1,000 international units (IU) – or 25 micrograms – of the vitamin daily could lower an individual’s cancer risk by 50% in colon cancer, and by 30% in breast and ovarian cancer, they said.
Therefore, apart from maintaining your calcium balance, aiding in your cell differentiation, boosting your immunity, helping in insulin secretion, blood pressure regulation, vitamin D also helps in keeping off some common cancers like breast, ovarian, prostrate and colon cancer.
At our office, we recommend Vitamin D supplements that help you achieve optimal levels of vitamin D in your blood. We monitor these blood levels to make sure you get as healthy a dose of this vitamin as possible. If you would like to know more about the actions you can do to improve your health, make an appointment to see us at 817-399-8783.