A new study out of Oxford University pinpoints vitamin D deficiency as a culprit in serious illnesses like tumors and autoimmune disorders. According to the report, which was recently published online in the journal Genome Research, genetic receptors throughout the body need adequate vitamin D levels to prevent these and other serious illnesses from developing.
Multiple sclerosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, leukemia — these and many more diseases are often caused by a lack of vitamin D. Did you know your genes actually have receptors that need vitamin D in order to properly express themselves or serious illnesses result.
The Oxford team made specific observations about the importance of vitamin D in the genome regions associated with autoimmune diseases as well as tumors stating that the nutrient is absolutely vital in helping to prevent these diseases from forming.
However, current recommendations for vitamin D intake are unacceptably low, and many nations are considering updating their guidelines. The U.S. Institute of Medicine, for example, recommends getting a mere 200 to 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day, an amount far too low to have much therapeutic effect.
Since summer sun exposure creates about 20,000 IU of vitamin D in the skin in just 15 minutes, supplementation with at least 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D daily, particularly during the winter, is preferable.
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