Known as the “sunshine vitamin,” Vitamin D is getting a lot of attention in medical research these days. Two new studies linking low Vitamin D levels to Prostate Cancer and Type II Diabetes and Atherosclerosis have the medical community buzzing about the important effects of this essential vitamin. According to new research presented at the 249th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition, Vitamin D supplementation may help to slow or even reverse the progression of low-grade prostate tumors through reducing inflammation.

The study’s investigator, Bruce Hollis, PhD, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston says:

“Vitamin D is very important in the development and control of various neoplasms. Whether you give it alone or with chemotherapy you need to make sure your patients are getting adequate levels.”

Similarly, Vitamin D is also being shown to reduce the inflammation that leads to type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis (1). However, there are many known benefits of Vitamin D and even more known detriments to Vitamin D deficiency, many of which are of the utmost importance to our goals at Ageless Medicine of the Palm Beaches.

Vitamin D’s Crucial Role in Hormonal Balance

Vitamin D is commonly known to promote healthy bone, boost calcium absorption, and even aid in lowering blood pressure. But, many are unaware of vitamin D deficiency on the hormonal system.

Have you ever noticed that you may feel a little more “in the mood” during the summer months rather than the winter? The reason behind this is that low Vitamin D levels can lead to low estrogen in women and low testosterone in men, which of course affects libido. While it is beneficial to replace these hormones with anti-aging therapies like the ones we offer here at Ageless Medicine, vitamin therapies that boost Vitamin D levels is another important step in the journey to healthy aging.

When estrogen increases serotonin and GABA, critical neurotransmitters, are boosted, which help to keep you happy and calm. Thus, the sunshine vitamin is brightening more than just your bedroom; Vitamin D levels can directly affect your mood.

Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

There are many ways to increase your Vitamin D levels:

  • get enough sunlight every day (20-25 minutes a day)
  • eat foods rich in Vitamin D: fatty fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel), oranges, mushrooms, eggs (the whole egg)
  • take a Vitamin D supplement or begin a vitamin therapy regimen
  • schedule an appointment for an IV Hydration treatment infused with Vitamin D
References:
1. Cell Reports, Oh et al.:”Deletion of Macrophage Vitamin D Receptor Promotes Insulin Resistance and Monocyte Cholesterol Transport to Accelerate Atherosclerosis in Mice” www.cell.com/cell-reports/abst… 2211-1247(15)00201-6