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From 9 Recent Studies & Articles on the Benefits of Vitamin D

There are a number of reasons why people are deficient in vitamin D, and why it is so beneficial to a person's overall health

1. Vitamin D deficiency is Widespread and on the Increase
( by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International shows that populations across the globe are suffering from the impact of low levels of vitamin D... potentially severe repercussions for overall health and fracture rates.

2. Vitamin D May Help Prevent Knee Osteoarthritis

Low levels of vitamin D are associated with the loss of cartilage in the knee joint of older individuals, researchers in Australia report.
"Cartilage loss is the hallmark of osteoarthritis. By the time patients reach the point of needing knee replacement, 60 percent of cartilage has been lost," Dr. Changhai Ding told Reuters Health.

3. Vitamin D, Green Tea and Cocoa Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

London (UK). Dr Robert Williams, Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, examined the effects of epicatechin, a nutrient found abundantly in the three foods, in a model of Alzheimer's disease and assessed the potential effectiveness to slow signs of deterioration leading to the Alzheimer's.
4. Pre-Birth Vitamin D Levels Determine Your Health for Life

...Vitamin D is even MORE vital than was previously thought.
5. 70 PerCent of Children Don't Get Enough VitaminD

...up to 58 million American children either have an insufficiency, or are deficient... this can lead to high blood pressure, rickets and unhealthy bone growth.
6. Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Increased blood levels of vitamin D are linked to a lower prevalence of the metabolic syndrome, as well as improved good cholesterol levels- report in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.
7. Daily Dose of Vitamin D Hones Men's Minds
(Ottawa Citizen)

...research involving more than 3,000 European men suggests vitamin D may boost cognitive function in middle-aged and older brains. Men with higher levels of vitamin D performed consistently better in a simple pen and paper test that measured attention and how fast the brain processes information.

8. Canada Examines Vitamin D for Swine Flu Protection

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has confirmed that it will be investigating the role of vitamin D in protection against swine flu.

9. Vitamin D Key to Healthy Brain
Sufficient vitamin D intake may play a critical role in maintaining brain function later in life- published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry


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