Vitamin D and calcium are important nutrients in the prevention and cure of illness such as cancer and osteoporosis. This alone makes them major players in the field of nutrition and “food as medicine” but
there is so very much more that makes these essential nutrients. Vitamin D works in concert with calcium and a number of other nutrients, and hormones to promote bone mineralization. We know that vitamin D is important to maintain a healthy immune system, regulate cell growth, and prevent cancer. It also protects against the development of autoimmune disease such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin D decreases the severity of autoimmune disease. Sun exposure is the very best way to get vitamin D into your system. Unfortunately and increasingly we are spending more and more time behind a desk and less and less time out in the fresh air and sunshine. People over 50 are at increased risk of developing vitamin D deficiency. Skin cannot synthesize vitamin D as efficiently in the older adult. What’s more the kidney is less able to convert vitamin D to its active hormone form. An estimated 30-40 percent of older adults with hip fractures are vitamin D insufficient. Interestingly, melanin is the pigment that gives skin its colour. The high melanin content in darker skin reduces the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. It is very important for populations with dark-pigmented skin to consume recommended amounts of vitamin D. Some studies suggest that older adults in these groups, especially women, are at extremely high risk of vitamin D deficiency. It’s thought that the main reason prostate cancer is so prevalent in black men is because of increased need for vitamin D. Due to all of the above, it is strongly recommended that everyone find sources of this important vitamin in their intake of food. Some examples of where one may find vitamin D are: Dairy Fish Nuts and SeedsMeat, Fish, Poultry Grains Fruits Asian Foods Click here for a more comprehensive list of foods containing Vitamin D and Calcium If you have any health issues with which you need help please feel free to contact the clinic for assistance and support. Why not go to the home page and fill out the drop in form to receive access to your free 6 week online wellness course?
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