Optimal Vitamin D Levels

Optimal Vitamin D Levels

Ongoing research by GrassrootsHealth, a nonprofit public health research organization, has established that a vitamin D level of 20 ng/mL is nowhere near sufficient and that the ideal range is more likely to be between 60 and 80 ng/mL. Carole Baggerly, director and founder of GrassrootsHealth, states “the biggest problem with the implementation of vitamin D right now is the methodology used to analyze the data. Almost every time you see a report that comes out that says there was no effect, they analyzed the data by dosage. Analyzing by dosage is really targeted to give you no result. If you analyze it properly, by serum level, not by intake, you get interesting results.” Their research showed that two people taking the same dose could have very different results.

Vitamin D is vital for the prevention of many chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and well over a dozen different types of cancer, including skin cancer. Vitamin D has powerful infection-fighting properties and is useful in treating pneumonia, colds, and flu. Vitamin D also helps trigger the production of nitric oxide which improves blood flow and prevents blood clot formation. According to vitamin D researcher Dr. Michael Holick, vitamin D deficiency, defined as a level below 20 ng/mL, can raise your risk of heart attack by 50% and if you have a heart attack while vitamin D deficient, your risk of dying is nearly guaranteed.

Another factor often overlooked is the belief that sufficient magnesium levels are required to activate vitamin D. Recent research confirms if your magnesium level is too low, the vitamin D will simply get stored in its inactive form, doing you absolutely no benefit.

When choosing an absorbable vitamin D supplement please choose D3, not D2. We offer different delivery methods of taking vitamin D3 so please ask our helpful staff for assistance. For all its health benefits vitamin D3 is very inexpensive. Take advantage of sunshine too!

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