The Sunshine Vitamin and Your Health

So many systems rely on vitamin D3.  British researchers studied data from over 14,500 men and women between the ages of 42 to 82 and found that those with higher levels of Vitamin D3 were less likely to suffer a variety of health issues than people who had lower levels.  The information, spanning 13 years, showed that the high-vitamin D3 participants were less likely to suffer from heart disease, respiratory  disease and fractures.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine followed the health records of citizens living in Norfolk.  Like others who live in countries that are far from the equator, Britains get limited exposure to sunshine, and it’s sunshine that causes our bodies to create vitamin D3

Studies conducted in Ireland found similar benefits from vitamin D3.  Irish adults ages 60 and older participated in the study, which found that the immune, cardiovascular and skeletal systems are impacted by a deficiency.  Additionally, the low D3 participants were more likely to suffer from inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis

A meta-analysis of studies from Europe and the U.S, published in the British Medical Journal in June of 2014, concurs with the above research on Vitamin D3 to protect seniors from many illnesses.  The scientists found that the vitamin is beneficial to people who have had cancer.

Similar findings come from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  The journal, Anticancer Research published the results of a study of 4,443 patients with breast cancer whose vitamin D levels were monitored. The women who had high levels of vitamin D3 in their blood had a 50% lower fatality rate compared to those with lower levels.  The study’s lead researcher, Prof. Cedric Garland, came to a similar conclusion in his 2011 study that found a reduction in fatalities in women who took 4,000 IU’s (international units) of the vitamin each day.


Note:  People who are on blood-thinning medicine should not take Vitamin D supplements without first checking with your doctor.