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Vitamin D - Sunshine Vitamin / Antioxidant against health problems

Vitamin D “The Sunshine Vitamin”

You are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine

About

 

Why “The Sunshine Vitamin”?

 

      Vitamin D is referred to as the “Sunshine” vitamin – because this important vitamin  is created from exposure to sun:

 

-       Humans and other vertebrates create Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol, a precursor to the active form CALCITRIOL) in their skin after exposure to  ultraviolet B (UV-B) light (from the sun or artificial sources).

 

         We can obtain vitamin D3 by consuming vertebrate animal or fish flesh – but of the fish, only oily fish has any significant quantity

 

         Due to various limiting factors (e.g. fear of melanoma, amount of available UV-B radiation, exposure times, use of sunscreens), most people today fall short of their vitamin D needs without a dietary/supplementary source.

 

Vitamin D Deficiency – A Silent Epidemic

 

-       Invertebrates, plants and fungi create Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) when exposed to UV-B radiation - we can obtain D2 by consuming these foods

 

 

      Those who do not receive enough vitamin D from the above sun-derived sources, can take vitamin D supplements - since supplemental D2 and D3 can be synthesized in a lab setting.

 

How to Obtain Vitamin D

 

For most people, the major source of vitamin D

 is the D3 form obtained from exposure to sunlight

 

 

Vitamin D does much more than aid calcium absorption for bone strength

 

      Vitamin D is important because of the many functions it performs in virtually ALL the body’s cells

 

 

         Upregulates almost 3000 genes

         Aids absorption of several minerals – not just calcium

         Regulates immune system / inflammation

         Increases blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity

         Enhances INSULIN production

         Promotes optimal cholesterol levels – supporting cardiovascular health

 

And the list goes on . . .

 

Vitamin D Functions

Vitamin D Health Benefits

 

 

-       Nearly every cell in the body contains vitamin D receptors – meaning the cells utilize vitamin D

 Vitamin D receptors

 

 

 

Body’s Vitamin D Journey

 

      Vitamins D2 and D3 from dietary sources are packaged in chylomicrons  and transported via the lymphatic system into venous circulation

 

      Enzymes in the body convert both D2 and D3 vitamins into CALCIDIOL         25(OH)D  (its circulating D form), and then the kidneys (and also the cells to some degree) convert this to CALCITRIOL   1,25(OH)2D (its active form)

 

Forms of Vitamin D made in the Body

 

-       Availability and conversion of vitamin D to its active form depends on several factors – including skin color and having a sufficiency of dietary fats

 

Factors Affecting  D3 Availablility and Conversion in the Body

 

 

 

 

      D2 only stays in the blood stream a few days  (compared to weeks for D3) – so one would need to supplement D2 regularly

 

 

Some Good Internet References

 

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminD/

 

http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnutrition/vitamindmiracle.html

 

http://sunlightandvitamind.com/samples.htm Naked at Noon Krispin Sullivan

BODY ELECTRIC LINKS

VITAMIN D

Related Links

ABOUT

About Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin 

-   Vitamin D Deficiency – “The Silent Epidemic
-   Functions of active VITAMIN D (CALCITRIOL)
-   D3 Converted to different forms in body
-   Factors affecting D3 conversion in the body
-   VITAMIN D Receptors
-   VITAMIN D's Common roles with sex steroids
-   Vitamin A and D Work Together

HEALTH BENEFITS

Vitamin D Against Health Problems

HOW-TO OBTAIN VITAMIN D

How-To Obtain Vitamin D

-   How much VITAMIN D  Do We Need?

-   Measuring Body’s VITAMIN D Blood Levels

-   Sources of VITAMIN D

        Sundried Mushrooms

-   Cofactors required to utilize VITAMIN D

-   VITAMIN D Toxicity

 

 

 

 

AOX Links

ANTIOXIDANTS / VITAMINS

 Related Links

Antioxidants  - “Oxidant Damage Control”

FOOD / SUPPLEMENTAL ANTIOXIDANTS

 Food/Supplemental Antioxidants

VITAMIN A

-     Vitamin A “Grass Vitamin”

VITAMIN B

-    Vitamin B9  (Folate)

-    Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) – “Energy Vitamin”

VITAMIN C

-    Vitamin  C – “God’s Medicine”

-     C  functions / benefits in detail

-     Man does not produce C

-    Food sources of C

-     How to supplement C

-     Rath-Pauling Therapy

(strengthen connective tissue and reverse atherosclerosis/CVD)

-    Vitamin C Chemistry

VITAMIN D

-    Vitamin D – “The Sunshine Vitamin”

VITAMIN E

-    Vitamin E

VITAMIN K

-    Vitamin K –“ For  Klotting and Kalcium”

-    K against Health Problems

-     How to obtain K?

PHYTONUTRIENTS

-     Dark Chocolate

MAJOR “IN-HOUSE” ANTIOXIDANTS

(Produced  inside the body, but can be boosted via diet/supplementation)

-    Glutathione – “King of the Antioxidants"

   Nebulizing Glutathione 

 

-    Glutathione Peroxidase

-    Catalase

-    SOD

-    Alpha Lipoic Acid

-    CoEnzyme Q10 – “Spark and Dampener”

   CoQ10 Health Benefits

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