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Vitamin D is good for you

6 Nov

 But a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says low levels of vitamin D may be associated with something many of us want: longevity.

researchers looked at 380 families with at least two siblings over 90 years old, their offspring and their offspring’s partners, who could help researchers understand the influence of genetics compared with that of environmental factors, since spouses would share the latter but not the former.

Researchers measured vitamin D levels and examined the influence of genetic variation in a handful of genes linked to vitamin D levels.

After controlling for age, sex, body mass index, time of year, kidney function and supplement use, which can all influence a person’s vitamin D levels, researchers discovered that low levels of vitamin D may be a good thing, at least when it comes to living longer.

“We found that familial longevity was associated with lower levels of vitamin D and a lower frequency of allelic variation in the CYP2R1 gene, which was associated with higher levels of vitamin D,” Dr. Diana van Heemst, one of the study’s authors, said in a release.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/low-vitamin-d-levels-may-be-a-factor-in-living-longer/article4941542/

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Vitamin D Craze

24 Jun

Recently a research was published saying that Vitamin D  is good for cancer.  It didn’t  take very long for Vitamin D to run off the shelves in the drug stores in the city where I live – Winnipeg.  People just rushed out and bought and stocked up on vitamin D.  For crying out loud, this is summer and you can get a lot of the stuff for free from the sun. Just be sure you wear the proper sun screen.  I think that as a people we are programmed to listen to those who we believe are experts in a particular thing. It is as if we abandon our own common sense and just do things because someone say so.  Not long after that report the experts said that Vitamin D is not a panacea. It may be helpful in combatting certain types of cancer. The recommended dosage is some 1000 mg per day.

Do we know if there are any side effects to taking such high dosage of vitamin D?  My motto has always been to take everything with a pinch of salt and exercise moderation in all that I do.

I have been studying foods on my own for more than 20 years and I can say that I am a healthy woman with few  health problems.  I do my research and follow my own heart in these matters.

My diet is simple. Dessert is not part of my mealplan. I may have a piece of fruit as a late night snack.  I try as far as possible to stick to foods that grow around my area. I do go for a mango, papaya and pineapple when in season.These tropical fruits takes between 4-8 hours to get to my market from its source. That’s not too bad.

I work hard for my money and to see it is stored energy. I use it very carefully and not on things that are not good for me.

Stick to moderation in all you do and you will be alright. Commonsense is still the best sense we have so let’s  use it.

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