We all know you need Vitamin D, but did you know…

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Dr. Holly
Dr. Holly
Many are aware of how important Vitamin D is to your body. Most know that you make Vitamin D in your skin, from the sun (good reason not to use carcinogenic sun screens – that typically block the much required UVB rays rather than blocking the dangerous UVA rays).

Dr hollyBut did you know that:
• Magnesium activates vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphate; and most people are also depleted in magnesium
• Vitamin D is one of the building blocks for bone structure and density
• Vitamin D gives you the ability to absorb large amounts of calcium through your food
• Vitamin D is important for brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), nerve growth and aiding damaged neurons
• Vitamin D deficiency is found in Depression, Dementia and other
neurological disorders
• Vitamin D is important to your
immune system
• Vitamin D deficiency is found in diabetics
• Vitamin D helps kill cancer cells
• Vitamin D is important in
modulating cell growth
• Vitamin D is important in the
reduction of inflammation
• Vitamin D is important to
neuromuscular function
• Vitamin D is important to
approximately 20% of the genes in the DNA and more. So if most of us are deficient in Vitamin D, then what do we do? Well, number one is to get your body to make some natural vitamin D. We don’t need a lot but we do need it. Listen to your body, when your skin gets red, get out of the sun. Often 25 – 35 minutes is enough. Your body can store Vitamin D for the duration of a winter.
Number 2 is to utilize supplementation. What is important to know if you take Vitamin D supplements is that there are two types – one is natural and one is synthetic.
• The natural one is D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the same vitamin D your body makes when exposed to sunshine
• The synthetic one is vitamin D2, which is sometimes called
ergocalciferol

Once either form of the vitamin is in your body, it must be converted to a more active form. Vitamin D3 is
converted 500 percent faster than vitamin D2, and is clearly a better alternative. Vitamin D2 has a shorter shelf life and it binds poorly with protein which makes it less effective. Due to more recent studies, there is now a recommendation that Vitamin D2 should not be regarded as a
nutrient appropriate for supplementation or used to fortify foods – yet currently, many Vitamin D3 supplements have upwards of 60% Vitamin D2 and don’t acknowledge it on the label!!
In addition, most Vitamin D3 supplements have magnesium stearates which have been shown in various studies to prevent absorption.
What we have to remember is that Vitamin D, like any other vitamin, mineral, omega, amino acid, fatty acid, phytonutrient, etc does not operate but in cooperation with all kinds of other nutrients.
We need to keep all our nutrients up so that each can support the other in functoning effectively.

Here’s to your health!
For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca
Disclaimer: This article is provided for general information only, and is not a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or other health care professional. The writer or publisher is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a reader based on the content of this article. Always consult your own health care practitioner.