vitamin D3

  1. Vitamin D protects you against Crohns disease

    Vitamin D just won't quit. It seems as though every time I pick up a medical journal, I see scientists have proven that the "sunshine" vitamin can protect you against another disease. This time, it's Crohn's disease.

    Crohn's disease is more than just an irritable bowel. It's an autoimmune disorder that creates inflammation in your intestines. Over time, Crohn's disease even puts you at risk for getting colon cancer.

    But here's the good news: Scientists now believe vitamin D can protect you against this disease. In fact, in this new study, they've gone one step further. Canadian scientists now believe that a vitamin D deficiency may actually cause Crohn's disease in the first place.

    They concluded that everyone should supplement with vitamin D to protect themselves against Crohn's disease. It's especially important – they said – if you have a family history of the disease.

    So how much should you take?

    Recently, I saw one health guru make a big deal about upping his recommended dosage of vitamin D3 (the most bioactive form of D in the body) from 1,000 IU to 2,000 IU per day. But I've always recommended taking as much as 5,000 IU per day, especially if you live in the northern half of the United States. You just don't absorb enough D from the sun in that part of the country, especially in the winter.

    Lastly, remember to take D3 with a meal containing healthy fats, such as olive oil, as this will help your body absorb the nutrient.

  2. D-3: Two for the price of one

    Last week, I suggested you take D3 to help ward off the flu. Well, if you followed my advice (and I hope you did), here's another thing D3 will do for you. It just might lower your insulin resistance, if you're prediabetic.

    Scientists recruited 81 South Asian women with insulin resistance to take part in a study involving the sunshine vitamin. Half the women got 4,000 IUs of D3 for six months. And the other half got a placebo. At the end of six months, the D3 women significantly lowered their insulin resistance following meals. They also lowered their fasting insulin levels.

    So if you followed my advice last week and started taking 5,000 IUs of D3, good for you. Keep it up. If you haven't started yet, there's no time like the present. Especially since you'll get two times the protection for the price of one!

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