Winter comes, then how much we need vitamin D? Unless you spend in sunlight to get adequate amounts? How obesity affects the dosage? Both diseases can & # 39; & # 39 b avoid, adequate amounts of & # 39; this vitamin? And x & # 39; can & # 39; psychiatrist tells us about this vital vitamin?
Years ago I informed account Dr. Catherine Gordon, a professor of pediatrics at the Medical School & # 39; Harvard, examined levels & # 39; Vitamin D & # 39; adolescents 11 to 18 years. It found that 14% of & # 39; these adolescents were deficient in vitamin D. Today about 30% of adults are low in & # 39; D.
Dr. Glenn Braunstein, a professor of medicine at the University & # 39; California, said her research was call & # 39; waiting. It showed that not only connected home, or the elderly in nursing homes, which are gaining insufficient sunlight.
In the 19th century, a large number of & # 39; children suffered from rickets due to lack of & # 39; sunlight. To solve this problem, children with rickets were taken for long trips on what is called "Flotanti Hospital & # 39; Boston" to expose to the sun health benefits.
Today we know that adequate amounts of & # 39; vitamin D are needed in the intestine to absorb calcium and keep bones b & # 39; his health. Vitamin D also acts on the bone cells to release calcium and maintain normal levels of blood & # 39;
Can & # 39; failure & # 39; Vitamin D protects against infection? Expect to get this response from infectious disease expert, not a psychiatrist. But Dr. John Campbell, a psychiatrist of & # 39; the United States, noted that when the epidemic & # 39; the influence of & # 39; 2005 allowed for the Criminally Insane Hospital, the infection's patients who were taking vitamin D!
Another researcher, Dr. Mitsuyoshi Urasima, Professor of Epidemiology, in Japan, report in the American Journal of Nutrition, patients given 1,200 IU & # 39; D were less likely to develop influenza than those who jirċevuxh.
Dr. Jo Ann Manson, Professor of Medicine at the Medical & # 39; Harvard School, reports strong evidence that high levels of & # 39; vitamin D protect against colon cancer.
large study & # 39; the United States intended to measure the health benefits of & # 39; supplements & # 39; vitamin D and fish oil found omega-3 oil can & # 39; reduce the odds of & # 39; heart attack. However, the benefits of vitamin D seem to come from reducing the risk of & # 39; death from cancer. The study also found that fish oil or vitamin D reduced the risk of having a stroke or bring cancer.
To get another opinion, I interviewed Dr. Andrew Saul, Editor in Chief of the orthomolecular News Service, a world authority on vitamins. Saul says that colon cancer is associated with & # 39; clearly with deficiency of vitamin D. It adds that the inadequate levels & # 39; vitamin D are also associated with ovarian cancer. And that research by the National Library of Medicine shows that there are 300 paper on how vitamin D helps in the fight against prostate cancer and breast cancer.
Dr. Michael Holick, at the University & # 39; Boston, an authority on vitamin D, believes that the best health vitamin D is its role in the fight against cancer. He says studies show that people living in & # 39; higher latitudes have less sun exposure have a higher risk of dying from almost all kinds & # 39; cancer, particularly breast, the colon, prostate and skin cancer.
As we are approaching winter, I asked Dr. Saul Seasonal Affective Disorder on, a condition where people feel "psychologically prepared" in the winter months. Saul says that vitamin D acts as a mood stabilizer. He recommends vitamin D to combat this disorder.
In Saul's book author & # 39; Dr. Abram Hoffer, "orthomolecular medicine for All" is a report that a lack of & # 39; Vitamin D is also associated with & # 39; psoriasis can & # 39; be treated & # 39; temperature & # 39; vitamin D deficiency and that & # 39; D is also linked to diabetes, heart failure and hypertension.
But most of us do not receive enough vitamin D from the sun? We get a few, but not as you think. Depending on where you live. For example, if you live in & # 39; latitude & # 39; over 35 degrees north which includes Boston, Philadelphia and all Canada, production of vitamin D from the sun stop from October until end & # 39; February. Due to the angle of the sunlight you can & # 39; stand out naked all day and do not receive enough sunlight to produce vitamin D!
S & # 39; it is the right dose? The answer is not easy because there is some debate. obese people require more vitamin D because it keeps fat and make it less available to the body. Dr. Saul claims that 10,000 IU per day are safe. Others suggest dosage & # 39; between 1,000, up to 3,000 IU daily. Check with your own doctor.
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