There’s one vitamin that’s being attacked in headlines lately.
Probably because it has no large money assisting it… and it naturally supports our health.
So, if too many people start taking it? That’s BAD NEWS for Big Pharma.
But before you jump to conclusions, I urge you to follow the money trail.
Because the truth is, vitamin D IS important.
And despite what this study being heard all around the world says, it DOES play a crucial role in bone health.
Let me explain…
A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine is putting to rest the notion that vitamin D alone will help prevent bone fractures in the general adult population.
The study, VITAL, analyzed the effect of a paltry daily dose of just 50 mcg (2,000 IU) on bone health in nearly 26,000 older adults. (I’m not even sure they used vitamin D3, the active form, or D2, the form general medicine typically dispenses.)
Participants were instructed to report their incidence of bone fractures for a median of 5.3 years. Ultimately, the researcher’s tunnel vision led to a ridiculous statement… that there’s insufficient evidence D can help protect against bone fractures.
But who ever said vitamin D alone could do such a thing?
Not me. Not anyone in the field of medicine I practice. And not any of you, my dear readers—you know better than that!
Of course, let’s also keep in mind that in the U.S., one in three adults, aged 60 and older, takes a vitamin D supplement.
Plus, the spending and prescribing of osteoporosis drugs has dropped by HALF during the past decade. This must frighten the heck out of Big Pharma!
After all, if there was an easy, inexpensive way to keep our bones healthy, what would that do to the billions that are spent on these drugs each year? Not to mention the other billions of dollars spent on taking care of fractures…
Natural skeleton support
Vitamin D assists in the mineralizing and maintenance of bone, helping to keep our skeleton healthy as we age.
But to truly nourish our bones over the years, we must combine smart supplementation, targeted exercise, and yes, proper nutrition.
As you know, vitamin D is best absorbed by sunlight. But many of us don’t live in sunny climates, nor do we “soak in the sun” nearly enough. As a result, most of the country is deficient in this crucial nutrient.
That’s why I always recommend screening your blood levels regularly to ensure you’re maintaining optimal levels (between 80 and 100 ng/mL). Often, a daily dose of 250 mcg (10,000 IU) is required to achieve proper levels of D.
Other supplements to help support bone health include: calcium (500 to 600 mg daily), magnesium orotate (32 mg daily) or magnesium taurate (125 mg daily), vitamin K2 (45 mcg, twice daily), strontium (500 mg daily) and resveratrol (at least 500 mg daily).
Then, weight-bearing exercise is the best workout for building strong bones—and reducing fracture risk. I often recommend resistance bands as a cheap, easy-to-use, and convenient alternative to weights. A quick internet search will give you instructions on doing a full-body workout with them.
And finally, following a healthy, balanced diet (like a ketogenic diet) will provide your bones with proper nutrients, while increasing your protein intake.
Focus on adding wild-caught fish and seafood, grass-fed and -finished meat, organic, free-range poultry, nuts and seeds, and fresh produce to your daily menu.
Until next time,
P.S. Vitamin D combats countless ailments, from back pain to heart disease and virtually everything in between. It’s even a crucial ally against COVID-19! To learn more, simply search the archives on my website, www.DrPescatore.com.
“Daily Vitamin D supplements don’t lower risk of bone fractures, study finds.” Stat News, 07/27/2022. (statnews.com/2022/07/27/daily-vitamin-d-supplements-dont-lower-risk-of-bone-fractures-study-finds/)