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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 a precursor to the active form) in their skin after exposure to ultraviolet B (UV-B)light

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 availableUV-Bradiation, exposure times, use of sunscreens),most people today fall short of theirvitamin Dneeds without a dietary/supplementary source.

Vitamin D Deficiency –A Silent Epidemic

–    Invertebrates, plants and fungi create 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 supplementalD2 and D3 can be synthesized in a lab setting.

How to Obtain Vitamin D

For most people, the major source of vitamin D

is theD3form 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 D2andD3 from dietary sources are packaged in chylomicronsand transported via the lymphatic systeminto venous circulation;

Enzymes in the body convert both D2 and D3 vitamins into CALCIDIOL25(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 AffectingD3 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

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ABOUT

About Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin

- Vitamin D Deficiency –“The Silent Epidemic
- Functions of activeVITAMIN D(CALCITRIOL)
- D3Converted to different forms in body
- Factors affecting D3 conversion in the body
- VITAMIN DReceptors
- VITAMIN D's Common roles with sex steroids
- Vitamin A and D Work Together

HEALTH BENEFITS

Vitamin D Against Health Problems

HOW-TO OBTAINVITAMIN D

How-To Obtain Vitamin D

- How muchVITAMIN DDo We Need?

- Measuring Body'sVITAMIN DBlood Levels

- Sources ofVITAMIN D

Sundried Mushrooms

- Cofactors required to utilizeVITAMIN D

- VITAMIN DToxicity

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ANTIOXIDANTS / VITAMINS

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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

–    VitaminC –“God's Medicine”

–    Cfunctions / 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 –“ForKlotting and Kalcium”

–    K against Health Problems

–    How to obtain K?

PHYTONUTRIENTS

–    Dark Chocolate

MAJOR “IN-HOUSE”ANTIOXIDANTS

(Producedinside 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