I wish the media would either report facts and let us decide how we feel about said facts…
Or stop writing about things they know nothing about.
I mean, why are they “spinning” health stories now, too?
And they hold a particular bias against THIS essential vitamin…
The “hidden” benefits
Millions of people can benefit from something as simple—and inexpensive—as vitamin D.
Yet, mainstream reports are downright CONFUSING, at best.
Case in point: A recent article screamed that adults aged 60 or older who supplemented with “high” monthly doses of vitamin D for five years failed to show significant protection against cardiovascular events.
But when you dive deeper, here’s what the facts really say…
Sure, the risk reductions were slight when no comparisons were made. But when you look at the bigger picture, vitamin D users saw a near 20 percent risk reduction in the case of heart attacks. And they saw an 11 percent decrease in risk for bypass surgery.
Way to bury the lead, guys!
If we had a DRUG that could do that, it would be in our water supply. And no, statins are NOT that drug, despite what Big Pharma has millions believing.
And along that thought… wait, there’s more!
Benefits were also found in vitamin D users who entered the study on statins or other cardiovascular medications.
Yet, vitamin D is “useless” against CV events?! (I’m taking a little writer’s liberty here, but you get my point.)
Always worth recommending
Vitamin D, when taken in the right dose with appropriate monitoring, is 100 percent safe and dirt cheap.
So isn’t it always worth recommending… just in case someone can benefit? Doesn’t it take more effort to try to tear down its worth?
The dose used in the above trial was a paltry 1,500 mcg (60,000 IU) monthly dose. That boils down to 50 mcg (2,000 IU) daily. And yet, it still showed some benefit.
As a reference point, I recommend (and take myself) up to 250 mcg (10,000 IU) per day.
But to determine a dose that’s best for you, you need to know your blood levels. Ask your doctor to test your vitamin D 25 OH blood levels every six months.
I consider optimal levels to be between 80 and 100 ng/mL for disease prevention.
If you’re like the vast majority of people, your levels are probably much lower than that—and you’ll need at least 125 mcg (5,000 IU) of vitamin D3 per day to hit your target.
If your levels are deficient (below 30 ng/mL), or if repeat testing shows your levels aren’t budging, I suggest increasing your dose. Again, I personally take 250 mcg (10,000 IU) of vitamin D3 per day, and so do many of my patients.
To learn more about why vitamin D is protective, especially against cardiovascular events, like heart attack, check out the July 2017 issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter (“The completely natural, pill-free way to slash your risk of heart attack”).
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Until next time,
“CV Benefit From Vitamin-D Caps Hinted in Huge D-Health Trial.” Medscape, 07/03/2023. (medscape.com/viewarticle/993996)