Thursday, November 6, 2014

Vitamin D Deficiency

     In case you were unaware of the importance of vitamin D and the near deficiency epidemic of this vitamin I am posting part of an article by Dr. Mercola with helpful information.  Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many diseases including cancer.   Country Guy & I take a supplement to ensure we are not one of those deficient.  If you are considering adding a supplement to your diet make sure the supplement is Vitamin D3.    
     You can continue reading the rest of the article by clicking on the link at the end of the excerpt.

Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed

November 06, 2014 | |

By Dr. Mercola
Vitamin D has been shown to improve a number of brain disorders, including dementia and its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease,1 the latter of which now affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans.2
The latest mortality statistics places Alzheimer’s in the top three killer diseases in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer.3 Vitamin D deficiency is also rampant. Researchers estimate that half of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.
Among seniors, that estimate reaches as high as 95 percent. While certainly not the sole cause of dementia, evidence suggests vitamin D may be a very important factor for successful prevention.
A wide variety of brain tissue contains vitamin D receptors, and when they’re activated by vitamin D, it facilitates nerve growth in your brain. Researchers also believe that optimal vitamin D levels boosts levels of important brain chemicals, and protect brain cells by increasing the effectiveness of glial cells in nursing damaged neurons back to health.
Vitamin D may also exert some of its beneficial effects on your brain through its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, which are well established.

‘Most Robust Study of Its Kind’ Confirms Link Between Low Vitamin D and Dementia

The link between low vitamin D and dementia has again been confirmed with the publication of a robust six-year long study4 conducted by an international team of researchers. As reported by Science Daily:5

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