- January 1st, 2015
Causes, Prevention, and Treatment
I first became interested in vitamin D when I learned that it is not a vitamin. Instead, it is the only known substrate of a seco-steroid neuro-hormone that functions, like all steroids, by turning genes on and off.The Missing LinkBy John Cannell, MD
- January 1st, 2015
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects about half a million Americans. Although it’s more prevalent in women, men may experience more severe symptoms. The disorder is triggered by a lack of sunlight, which may mess with a person’s internal clock and disrupt the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps balance mood.
- May 1st, 2014
Relaxing in the warmth of a summer day not only feels great, but it’s also an excellent way to raise your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed to maintain strong bones. This important nutrient also helps muscles to move, nerves to communicate, and the immune system to fight off infections.
- November 1st, 2013
WHAT IT IS: A steroid vitamin, vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble pro-hormones that is important for absorbing and metabolizing calcium and phosphorus. Actually “vitamins” cannot be synthesized by the body—they are only available through diet. Vitamin D, for this reason, is not a true vitamin: Given adequate sunlight, the body will synthesize enough.
- June 1st, 2013
“I remember back in the old days, when bacon, eggs, and sunshine were good for you.”
--Author’s grandfather, Warren SwensonReexamining our relationship with the sunBy Adam Swenson
- May 1st, 2013
Research from Boston University School of Medicine shows that improving vitamin D status by increasing its level in the blood could have a number of non-skeletal health benefits. Improvement in the vitamin D status of healthy adults significantly impacts genes associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases.
- March 1st, 2013
New research shows that progressively higher levels of daytime sleepiness were inversely correlated with progressively lower levels of vitamin D, especially in African-Americans. The research team said the findings are the first to demonstrate a significant relationship between sleepiness and vitamin D.
- November 1st, 2012
Dietary supplements of vitamin D3 may boost visual function in lab mice suggests a new study from the UK with potential implications for the eye health market.
- May 1st, 2012
Treatment with vitamin D reduced the size of uterine fibroids in laboratory rats predisposed to developing the benign tumors, reported researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.
- April 1st, 2012
Vitamin D has received a lot of attention lately regarding its uses in treating and preventing ailments such as high blood pressure, adrenal insufficiencies, autoimmune disorders, depression, heart disease, and hypertension, to name a few.