Understanding Vitamin D
high rate of natural production of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol
(pronounced koh·luh·kal·sif·uh·rawl) in the skin is the single most
important fact every person should know about vitamin D?a fact that has
profound implications for the natural human condition.
Technically not a "vitamin," vitamin D is in a class by itself. Its
metabolic product, calcitriol, is actually a secosteroid hormone that
targets over 2000 genes (about 10% of the human genome) in the human
body. Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major
factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as
heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes,
depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle
weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.
Vitamin D's influence on key biological functions vital to one's health
and well-being mandates that vitamin D no longer be ignored by the
health care industry nor by individuals striving to achieve and
maintain a greater state of health.
Sunshine and Your Health
If well adults and adolescents regularly avoid sunlight exposure,
research indicates a necessity to supplement with at least 5,000 units
(IU) of vitamin D daily. To obtain this amount from milk one would need
to consume 50 glasses. With a multivitamin more than 10 tablets would
be necessary. Neither is advisable.
The skin produces approximately 10,000 IU vitamin D in response 20-30
minutes summer sun exposure-50 times more than the US government's
recommendation of 200 IU per day!
In your next appointment ask Dr. Reynes about getting a Vitamin D 25(OH) test to determine your Vitamin D requirements.