I agree and let me also add these to the list. Alpha Lipoic Acid with Acetyl L-Carnitine, Green Tea Extract, Resveratrol, CoQ10, vitamin K, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol) and Grape Seed Extract. To see further research and where to get these compounds in quality therapeutic levels, visit my page on Anti-Aging.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 9:55 AM CDT
Multiple published studies on the benefits of vitamin D lead Time Magazine to list vitamin D as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2007.
In 2008, there have been headlines reporting that vitamin D is linked to colon cancer survival and helps protect cells from stress that leads to cancer.
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to increased risk of early death according to Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension.
“As a result of some of these studies more people are asking to have their blood levels of vitamin D checked. Labs have reported a 74 to 90 percent increase in the number of this kind of test,” said Roberts.
Many people are finding they have low levels of vitamin D. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, as many as 36 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient.
“One school of thought theorizes that we have always been deficient but didn’t know it until research on vitamin D increased and more people became interested. Others believe we are deficient because of our diet quality and our use of sunscreen,” said Roberts.
The human body is able to make its own vitamin D after exposure to the sun or ultraviolet light. Sunscreen blocks ultraviolet light and diminishes that ability.
The Institute of Medicine has not established a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D. There is an Adequate Intake (AI) established.
The AI of infants, children and adults up to age 50 is 200 International Units (IU) per day. AI for adults ages 51-70 is 400 IU per day and for adults after age 70 is 600 IU per day.
According to Roberts, this is significant because Adequate Intake is what is recommended when there is not enough scientific evidence to set a RDA.
“RDA’s are recommended levels of the nutrient that would meet the needs of almost all healthy individuals in a specific age group. AI recommendations are based on averages of what apparently healthy people are taking in,” said Roberts.
It appears that with the recent research, there is more evidence for a RDA for vitamin D. Some health professionals are recommending 1000 IUs of vitamin D per day.
“Achieving a level of 1000 IUs of vitamin D would need to come partially from a supplement since few foods are an excellent source of vitamin D,” said Roberts.
For more information on nutrition issues, contact any of the University of Missouri Extension offices in southwest Missouri, go online to http://extension.missouri.edu or contact one of the two nutrition and health education specialists working in the Ozarks: Tammy Roberts, (417) 682-3579 or Terry Egan, (417) 866-3039.
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