A 2015 study in JAMA Neurology found older Americans aren’t getting the vitamin D they need. In fact, fully 61.3% weren’t getting enough vitamin D. The numbers from this study are very similar to others I’ve seen.
That means if you’re approaching retirement age, you’re probably low on a vitamin key to…
- Maintaining healthy bones
- Building and maintaining muscle
- Cutting your cancer risk.
And these are just a few of vitamin D’s jobs.
Yet mainstream medicine actively encourages Americans to avoid getting the vitamin D they need.
Today, you’ll discover two more reasons to ignore the mainstream’s advice… and how to safely get all the vitamin D you need.
Age With Confidence
We all know them. Friends or family members who’ve grown unsteady… weaker… more fragile. Most doctors will tell you it’s an unavoidable effect of aging.
Technically, these doctors are right. But what they’re not saying is you can slow this decline to a crawl. Maybe even reverse it.
That’s the finding of a study recently presented at this spring’s annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.
The study followed 3,369 men over 4 years. The volunteers ranged in age from 40 to 79.
Over the course of the study, 459 became frailer. At the same time, 206 became less frail. The difference was their levels of certain hormones. One of those hormones was vitamin D.
Men with higher levels at the start of the study were less likely to grow weaker and more fragile than those with low levels. And vitamin D’s role in building bone and muscle mass may help explain why some men actually improved as they aged.
In a few moments, I’ll show you how to take advantage of vitamin D’s benefits. But first, another new study brings even more good news.
Improve Your Chances of a Long Life With Vitamin D
If you could cut your risk of death on any given day by as much as two-thirds – with just a 30-second investment – would you be interested? Because that’s pretty much what an international study of almost 27,000 adults found.
This study was the first of its kind to use standardized measures of vitamin D status. And it found the lower your vitamin D level, the higher your risk of death. In fact, volunteers with the highest D levels were 67% less likely to die over ten years than those with the lowest D levels.
When the authors looked at heart disease, they found the numbers closely mirrored those overall. This doesn’t say vitamin D can lower your risk of heart disease. But it does suggest it may cut your risk of dying from it.
So how does mainstream medicine actively discourage you from getting enough vitamin D? In two ways…
Is the Mainstream’s Bias Setting You Up for Frailty… and Death?
Nobody lives forever. But it appears folks who get enough vitamin D tend to live longer. And remain strong and vital for more of their life.
So why does mainstream medicine discourage getting enough vitamin D? I’m not sure I can answer that question. But here’s how they do it…
#1 – The “if you eat a balanced diet” argument
It’s true that getting your nutrients from your diet is the best option. That’s the reason your doctor says, “If you eat a balanced diet, you don’t need to take vitamins.”
If you got all the nutrients you need from your diet, you wouldn’t need to take supplements. But let’s be honest here. You don’t always eat a balanced diet, do you?
Do you get 5 – 7 servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Does your daily diet include a variety of brightly colored veggies? Do you avoid sugars, starches, and processed foods? Do you eat only lean, organic free-range or grass-fed proteins?
And – for vitamin D – do you get at least 20 minutes of summer sun on your arms and face every day? (Sun exposure is the #1 source of vitamin D for humans.)
I’m guessing your answer is “no.” In which case, you probably should be taking supplements. At the very least, a multi-vitamin/mineral.
#2 – The “avoid the sun” argument
Your main source of vitamin D is the sun. When the sun’s rays hit your skin, your body makes vitamin D. For a Caucasian with “average” skin, about 20 minutes a day – in summer – is enough exposure to make all the vitamin D you need in a day.
But cancer fears – fueled by sunburn – have led doctors to tell you to avoid the sun. Which explains why almost two-thirds of adults don’t get enough vitamin D.
If you live south of Atlanta (roughly), and have that “average” skin I mentioned, just 20 minutes a day will provide plenty of vitamin D. North of Atlanta, you’ll need a supplement in the winter. That far north, the sun’s rays aren’t strong enough to trigger your skin to make D during the winter.
But don’t avoid the sun… just avoid over-exposure.
It’s Hard to Get Too Much Vitamin D
Uncle Sam recommends 800 IU (International Units) of vitamin D daily for mature adults. But some studies show this is the minimum needed to take advantage of vitamin D’s anti-aging benefits.
Fortunately, most people can take up to 4,000 IU of vitamin D a day without any negative effects. This is called the “tolerable upper limit.”
You can shoot for 1,000 IU of vitamin D – between your diet and supplements – and stay well within the safe range. Many multivitamin products include the full 800 IU Uncle Sam recommends as your goal for the day.
If you eat a diet rich in vitamin D, you can probably skip a supplement. Ditto if you get plenty of summer-strength sun every day. But about two-thirds of us don’t do either.
In which case, you may be able to cut your risk of frailty – and even death – simply by getting more daily vitamin D in your life.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
Miller, J.W., et al, “Vitamin D Status and Rates of Cognitive Decline in a Multiethnic Cohort of Older Adults,” JAMA Neurol. 2015; 72(11): 1295-1303.
“Higher anabolic hormone levels predict lower risk of worsening frailty in men,” The Endocrine Society. April 3, 2017.
Gaksh, M., et al, “Vitamin D and mortality: Individual participant data meta-analysis of standardized 25-hydroxyvitamin D in 26916 individuals from a European consortium,” PLoS ONE. 2017; 12(2): e0170791.
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