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Vitamin D – what’s all the fuss?

vitamindVitamin D has attracted a lot of hype in the past 12 months mainly due to the increased research into both the benefits of the vitamin and the amazing Vitamin D deficiency in Australia (despite us living in the “sunburnt” country.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and it was assumed that for most Australians adequate Vitamin D levels were obtained from sun exposure. But our lifestyles have changed and see us indoors more often than our parents and grandparents were.  Couple this with our national campaign to “cover-up” in summer months to prevent skin cancer, it seems the pendulum has swung a little too far the other way and Vitamin D deficiency is now the norm.

Vitamin D has long been known for its role in supporting bone health but new research has revealed impressive benefits… primarily its integral role in immunity.

Vitamin D has the ability to enhance the immune system’s response to both bacterial and viral pathogens.

In a study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers gave children aged six to 15 years 1,200IU of Vitamin D daily for four months, and found that it reduced their incidence of flu and asthma by 65%.

The winter months has meant we’ve spent more time indoors which means less sun exposure and less vitamin D produced by the body. So now is a danger period when we are more likely to have become Vitamin D deficient.  Supporting a healthy immune system by supplementing with Vitamin D and achieving adequate vitamin D status means you are reducing your risk of suffering from those prevalent spring viruses.

Vitamin D3 supplementation comes in the form of capsules (1000IU) as well as in a new liquid emulsion form – a highly absorbable form.

And while we’re on the topic…

Sun + Vitamin D = Breast Cancer Risk Reduction

Did you know that getting plenty of sun and ensuring a high intake of dietary or supplemental vitamin D can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer?
This glaring fact was found in the ‘Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention’, which published a study showing breast cancer risk was reduced by as much as 45% in over 65,000 postmenopausal women – a significant result!

And… 55%

The percentage reduction in the risk of developing diabetes in people with optimal levels of vitamin D, according to a study in Maturitas (Nature & Health, Jun-July 2011).

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