Vitamin D – A Simple Way To Boost Our Immune System

I have been attempting to educate our clients about the importance of Vitamin D to support our overall health and well-being for the last decade, especially as more and more research has surfaced on how powerful and important this Vitamin is for optimal health and immune support.

For most people, they’ve been told of the importance of vitamin D to maintain healthy bones, assist in bone growth and help with bone mineralization and absorption of calcium. However, the research is also showing us how powerful this little vitamin can be in helping our bodies fight specific disease conditions like cancer and cardiovascular disease but, from an overall immune support perspective, the research has shown us that our immune cells have vitamin D receptors and that Vitamin D will help modulate the inflammatory response of an already healthy immune system, especially during times of respiratory stress, which appears to be the biggest concern of COVID-19. However, it appears that to receive these benefits it is imperative that vitamin D levels are adequate enough to help activate immune cells and promote a healthy immune response.

Vitamin D Supplementation for Respiratory Infection

Vitamin D helps fight infections, including colds and the flu, by regulating the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses.

And recent studies are showing us that there appears to be an association between low vitamin D levels and our risk of getting more colds as well as viral infections like influenza.

Dr. Roger Seheult, a pulmonologist in California, who has followed COVID-19 – a primarily upper respiratory virus – with extreme interest and has been posting regular updates on his you tube channel, discussed in one of his updates research published in 2017, which was a meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials, confirming that vitamin D supplementation can help protect us from acute respiratory infections.

However, this 2017 meta-analysis showed us that it was daily or weekly supplementation of vitamin D that seemed to provide the protective benefit in people with low vitamin D levels.

The key here as I see it, is to make sure you have your vitamin D level checked at least 2x a year to ensure you are maintaining optimal D levels year around. In my personal research on this topic, I have decided that optimal levels for me appear to be in the range of 60 ng/ml to 80 ng/ml, and I try to not fall below 50 ng/ml.

An important note to keep in mind if you take a vitamin D supplement is that you will also increase your body’s need for vitamin K2. If you are deficient in Vitamin K2 it appears this can produce the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity. Also, many of you that have had me look at your vitamin D supplement I have found that it contained common fillers like corn oil and soy oil – not good and I don’t recommend these D supplements. We have a very good D3 serum that is highly bio-available and I recommend you take along with a product called OsteoVen that contains vitamin K2 as well as minerals to support bone health.

In closing, achieving optimal vitamin D levels should be a health and immune boosting goal for all of us, regardless of our current health status. This is a fact not only supported by the little bit of information I have shared to this point but also based on the fact that vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many of the chronic diseases we see in people today, including:
· Cancer
· Hypertension
· Heart disease
· Infertility
· Asthma
· Autism
· Obesity
· Rheumatoid arthritis
· Diabetes 1 and 2
· Multiple Sclerosis
· Crohn’s disease
· Cold & Flu
· Inflammatory Bowel Disease
· Dementia
· Eczema & Psoriasis
· Insomnia
· Osteoporosis
· Macular degeneration
· Depression
· Alzheimer’s disease Muscle pain
· Poor dental health
· Seizures
· And many more……
Finally, for those of you that have not had your vitamin D levels checked, or have not had them checked in the last year, I would strongly suggest you get this done, and then get on a testing schedule of 2x a year. We can do this for you with a simple home kit that we can send you or you can come to the office to have done….you can also get the traditional blood work done, at which point, we can also check other lab markers for you as well if you desire.

Just pick up the phone and call the office at 720-795-7920 with any questions about getting your vitamin D checked and/or supplementation to best support you and your families vitamin D levels.

Make it a Healthy Day!!

Dr. Cadwell


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