Vitamin D, the sunshine drug is getting a new lease on life. Recently statistics Canada released the warning that at least 10 percent of Canadians are seriously Vitamin D deficient.
The old standard was 37.5 nanomoles per litre of blood (see article – Canadians are at risk for rickets and osteoporosis due to insufficient levels of Vitamin D for explanation of a nanomole). These standards are in place since 1997 but are currently under revision by medical institutions. Higher levels (75 nanomoles) are necessary for optimal health.
A recent survey says increasing to 105 nanomoles per litre of blood would be necessary to reverse the effects of disease caused by the Vitamin D deficiency.
The study estimates that increasing the levels of Vitamin D in Canadians would not only repair disease, but also save the Canadian Health Care System 14.4 billion dollars in the long run.
This study produced by The Vitamin D Society, a non-profit organization claims that increasing to the suggested levels of 62 to 105 nanomoles depending on the disease will have many health benefits such as:
A 25 percent decrease in cancer rates
A 25 percent decrease in cardiovascular disease
A 60 percent improvement in insulin sensitivity
Reduce the risk of contracting multiple sclerosis and decrease pain in suffering individuals
Reduce the risk for pneumonia by 30 percent (reducing the “cytokine storm” response)
Strengthening uterine muscles and preventing cesareans by 50 percent
Improve fetal health
The study was published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
Vitamin D is generated mostly from the sun; however, Canadians do not get enough sun six months of the year. Vitamin D cannot be obtained solely from the foods we eat and therefore Canadians must rely on supplements and getting in as much sun as possible.
Darker skinned individuals absorb less sun than pale skinned individuals. As a result, the Canadian Cancer Society is recommending that Canadians take at least 1,000 international units of Vitamin D during the autumn and winter months.
To help increase to optimum health the Institute of Medicine and Canadians health experts are working on a producing guidelines, which will be available in the fall.
Montrealers can get further information on Vitamin D and also where to find Vitamin D supplements from the Montreal Nutrition Examiner, Joanna Lynn, certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant and Naturopath.