I was going over some blood test results with a patient the other day and discovered something alarming. This patient was low in Vitamin D, and when I pointed out the health problems this could cause, he replied “so I’ll get out in the sun more.”
I commended my patient on knowing that Vitamin D can be produced in the body by sunshine hitting the skin. Then I gently but directly told him the facts: odds are that even with the best of intentions about getting out more, this would not solve a Vitamin D deficiency problem. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, “recommended intakes of vitamin D are set on the assumption of little sun exposure,” mainly because cloudy days and bad weather, clothing, and the need to use sunscreen to limit the risk of skin cancer all conspire to keep our skin out of the sun.1
“Okay,” my patient responded, “can I eat my way to a healthier Vitamin D level?”
I lauded my patient for wanting to eat healthier, but then gave him the news: very few foods naturally have Vitamin D – most Vitamin D in foods is added, and many of the processed foods that it is added to, I would not recommend as part of a healthy diet.
No, a different solution was needed. Supplementation.
But not just any type of supplementation would do. Most of today’s multivitamins have only 400 IU of Vitamin D. And even a single-ingredient Vitamin D formula which might have a higher dosage doesn’t tap into the full potential of Vitamin D.
That’s why I created my Ultimate Vitamin D formula. Redcross Ultimate Vitamin D delivers 5,000 IU of Cholecalciferol, the natural form of Vitamin D that is produced by your skin when it is exposed to the sun. Then I added nutrients and co-factors that work in concert with Vitamin D, including Magnesium Citrate, Zinc, Boron, and Vitamin K2.
Why Is It Important to Get the Right Amount of Vitamin D?
The list of the reasons why Vitamin D intake is so important is growing. New research keeps finding more ways in which this essential nutrient supports health and well-being. Here are some key findings:
- Bone and Muscles: Without adequate Vitamin D intake, the body cannot properly metabolize Calcium. Vitamin D strengthens bones and also may support muscle strength because of its direct effect on calcium transport in muscles.*
- Immune Function: Vitamin D plays an important role in the function of our immune system. Vitamin D receptors are present on almost all immune cells and vitamin D has immune-modulating properties that can support health and wellness by supporting innate immunity.*
- Cardiovascular System: Recent research is pointing to the increasing role of vitamin D in maintaining healthy cardiovascular and heart function.*
- Energy Levels: Research is unearthing the importance of Vitamin D in promoting exercise endurance and stamina.*
The Vitamin D Revolution Starts Here
I make Vitamin D level testing a part of every one of my patients’ routine blood work. Many show a deficiency. I strongly recommend to those patients that they supplement with Vitamin D, especially with a well-rounded, high-potency formula like Redcross Ultimate Vitamin D. In fact, many doctors around the country are telling their patients to make daily Vitamin D supplementation part of a healthy living routine. A revolution is starting out there – and it’s one you should think about joining today!