New international research published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology has shown that low levels of Vitamin D is not only correlated with hypertension, but actually one of the causes.
An international study examining the relationship between vitamin D status – measured by 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentration â€“ and high blood pressure (hypertension) using mendelian randomisation of more than 100,000 people has suggested that low vitamin D may be causally linked to hypertension. The causal role comes from genetic research providing ‘compelling evidence.’
We know that in the absence of vitamin D from sunlight, disease increases more than 1000 percent. (more…)
Daily supplements of vitamin D3 improve the heart’s response to a stressor and double the chances of surviving cancer according to two separate studies in Anticancer Research and the International Journal of Cardiology.
A daily vitamin D dose of 5,000 IU for 28 days is associated with maintenance of the so-called sympatho-vagal balance, or the interaction between the sympathetic nervous system and the vagus nerve, according to findings published in the International Journal of Cardiology . (more…)
As we enter into the flu season, chances are that many people will experience the effects of a cold or flu. Highly contagious, colds are the name we give for over 100 mild viral influenza forms. Luckily, there are many natural home remedies for the flu that can prevent and reduce the symptoms of the common cold and raise your immunity during this vulnerable season. if you follow these recommendations, chances are your flu-catching ability will be lessened.
10 Natural Flu Remedies You Can Try at Home
1. Vitamin D
Boosting up on Vitamin D helps to prevent colds and flu. This may be related to the necessary role this vitamin plays in the protection and lubrication of many of the body’s principle organ systems. It also boosts cellular growth and normal immune cell activity. I recommend 15 minutes daily of natural sunlight, consuming more foods with vitamin d and possibly taking a vitamin D3 supplement. (more…)
The risk of children suffering from flu can be reduced by 50% if they take vitamin D, doctors in Japan have found. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Only one in ten children, aged six to 15 years, taking the sunshine vitamin in a clinical trial came down with flu compared with one in five given a dummy tablet. Mitsuyoshi Urashima, the Japanese doctor who led the trial, told The Times that vitamin D was more effective than vaccines in preventing flu. (more…)
One single dose of calcitriol, the metabolically active version of vitamin D, followed by ongoing vitamin D supplementation has been shown to prevent the progression of multiple sclerosis, according to new research.
Calcitriol (vitamin D3), is transformed in the liver and kidneys into 25- hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), the non-active ‘storage’ form, and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D), the biologically active form that is tightly controlled by the body.
Several studies have reported that the D3 form of the vitamin is more potent that D2, with a study led by Robert Heaney, MD, from Creighton University in Nebraska reporting earlier last year that D3 was 87% more potent than D2 (Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, doi: 10.1210/jc.2010-2230). (more…)
Mentally and socially stimulating activities, long believed to stimulate the brain, have no major effect on preventing brain shrinkage, especially when compared to the oldest therapy in the world–exercise. According to a study published in the journal Neurology.New research out of the University of Maryland School of Public Health shows that exercise may improve cognitive function by increasing the efficiency of brain activity associated with memory.
Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease is one of the greatest fears among older Americans. While some memory loss is normal and to be expected as we age, a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, signals more substantial memory loss and a greater risk for Alzheimer’s. (more…)