There are so many benefits of vitamin D. And the list of vitamin D benefits is still growing after years and years of research. And although this sunshine vitamin is so important, I always believe in supplementing only when there’s a need for it.

Some like to try trendy supplements and vitamin D is as trendy as you could get right now. But I want you to fully understand the vitamin D benefits and be one empowered patient.

You need to know the most important thing: Check if you really need it first. That would be seeing a specialist and testing your vitamin D levels. Have your health practitioner monitor those levels for efficacy at 3 months, 6 months and one year.

Also, choose your Vitamin D supplements wisely. Choosing an appropriate vitamin D supplement will greatly improve your health and your vitamin d levels. Opt for vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), not vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol). And yes, I’ve seen some really great health improvement with vitamin d supplementation. 

Vitamin D benefits include:

-We need a sufficient amount of vitamin D level for appropriate Calcium and Phosphorous absorption. And Calcium is very important for your bones.

-Other great vitamin D benefits include the function of vitamin D as an immune system helper.

-Vitamin D benefits include helping people maintain healthy body weight.

-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with a decrease in inflammation.

-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with decreased flare-ups of many chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease and others.

-Vitamin D benefits include the ability to fight the common cold and flu.

-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with decreased duration of common colds.

-Optimal vitamin D levels show improvements in cognition in the elderly.

-Optimal vitamin D level benefits include reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, preterm labor or birth defects.

-Some experts notice great benefits of vitamin D in decreasing chronic pain.

-Optimal vitamin D levels have been shown to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women.

-Vitamin D can help reduce the severity of asthma symptoms, and possibly reduce hospitalizations due to asthma.

-Other great benefits of vitamin D include the ability of this vitamin to protect the body against radiation.

It’s important to make sure you have adequate vitamin K going into the system to ensure good absorption of vitamin D. Please Note. Vitamin K may not be suitable for those taking anticoagulant medication therapy (such as warfarin and others). It also may not be suitable for certain health conditions and a medical doctor should be consulted before starting on any vitamin K supplement.

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with other deficiencies like Magnesium deficiency or vitamin A to vitamin D ratio imbalance. You may want to consider having those vitamin levels checked also. Some of the really great natural supplement brands are now making a combination of vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and vitamin A into one great supplement.
In general, it’s a good idea to check all anti-oxidant levels, anti-oxidant markers, nutrient markers as well as metabolic processes in your system before you add any additional vitamins. In my practice, I often implement micronutrient testing, organic acid testing all to assess the need for supplementation.

Now that’s a flu season, it’s especially important to ensure adequate vitamin D, consider getting Vitamin D supreme by DFH or Vitamin D complete by Allergy Research Group.

Dr. Inna lukyanovsky, PharmD

Dr. Inna lukyanovsky, PharmD

Doctor of Pharmacy, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Gut Health Expert and Best Selling Author of the book "Crohn's and Colitis Fix."

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