I never thought I’d see the day.
But read it and weep: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (better known as the CDC) has noted a marked improvement in vitamin D levels across the country. And believe it or not, they’re giving the credit for this fortunate turn of events to… supplements.
Yes, I said supplements. The very products that the mainstream still likes to dismiss as pointless — or worse, label as dangerous threats to the public health.
This latest development comes courtesy of a new study, recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A team of CDC researchers analyzed changes in vitamin D status of more than 50,000 participants in the NHANES study, with results spanning from 1988 to 2010.
Between 1988 and 2006, the country’s vitamin D status stayed pretty much static. But the next three years marked a significant upward trend, with national levels creeping up a solid 6 points in that time frame.
That’s a significant change in a relatively short period. And considering the fact that insufficiency rates reached as high as 60 percent in some populations, I think it’s fair to say that any increase in vitamin D status is a victory — or at least a very good step in the right direction.
But what really left my jaw on the floor was the study authors’ conclusions about how this shift came about: Namely, from doctors testing more patients and prescribing more supplements at higher dosages than previously recommended. And from consumers spending 10 times more money on vitamin D supplements than they ever did before.
See what can happen when the powers-that-be actually put their bias aside long enough to listen? I hate to say I told you so, but… I did, over and over and over again.
And it looks like, in this case at least, it worked. The only bad news here is that we still have a long way to go before the general public reaches optimal — not just sufficient — levels of the sunshine vitamin.
So I’ll repeat my recommendations as often as I have to until we finally get there: Take 2,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 every day, no matter what. Even in the dog days of summer. Your body simply can’t afford any less.
In fact, it can probably use a whole lot more. Which is why I’m going to make another suggestion: Skip the standalone D supplement and start using Asta-D3 today.
I designed this simple liquid formula to combine the critical benefits of vitamin D3 with the power of astaxanthin — a free-radical fighting compound that outperforms even the biggest stars in the antioxidant world.
In fact, back in 2007, a team of Japanese researchers tested astaxanthin along with some “major players” in this category — including resveratrol, lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin C, curcumin, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and epigallocatechin gallate (that’s EGCG — the active ingredient in green tea).
No doubt you’ve heard of most — if not all — of these antioxidants before. They all have impressive science behind them. But when the researchers pitted them against one another in an in vitro experiment meant to simulate the different environments in the body?
Astaxanthin knocked it out of the park against every last heavy hitter when it came to a particular kind of antioxidant activity called “singlet oxygen quenching.” In fact, the researchers found that astaxanthin was:
- More than 550 times more powerful than green tea (EGCG)
- Almost 800 times more potent than CoQ10
- 3,000 times more powerful than resveratrol
- And a staggering 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C
In other words, like vitamin D, everyone should be taking this antioxidant superstar.
And together, astaxanthin and vitamin D3 help shield every organ, and every cell in your body with a nutritional force field that’s virtually impenetrable to free radicals, stress, and all the threats of modern daily life.