Five Foods Rich in Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient required for proper immune functioning, control of cell growth and bone development. It is often called the “sunshine vitamin” as the body naturally produces it when exposed to the sun. Vitamin D regulates cellular growth and promotes calcium absorption in the body, leading to stronger bones. Natural sources… Read more »

Vitamin D and Respiratory Infections

A large-scale meta-analysis using more than 10,000 participants concludes that vitamin D supplementation may help to prevent acute respiratory tract infections. Nationwide, acute respiratory tract infections are responsible for 10 percent of ambulance and emergency room visits. There are a number of common risk factors associated with respiratory tract infections from viruses to air pollution… Read more »

Four Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

During the shortened days of winter, diminished sunlight hours could be robbing your body of essential vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin. One study showed that nearly 75 percent of American teens and adults are lacking in vitamin D, which is vital for calcium absorption and promoting bone growth. Sun exposure as well as… Read more »

Breast Cancer and Vitamin D

New research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing. You likely know that vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is… Read more »

Gluten Sensitivity and Vitamin D

If you shop the health food aisles of your local grocery store, you’re likely noticing more and more items labeled, “Gluten Free.” Gluten sensitivity is on the rise, almost reaching epidemic proportions. Research estimates that 18 million Americans suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House, that’s 1 in… Read more »

Summer Sun Benefits Psoriasis Sufferers

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), roughly 7.5 million Americans suffer from the painful, often embarrassing symptoms associated with Psoriasis. Fortunately, there is some relief during the summer months, thanks in part to the vitamin D provided by sunlight. Vitamin D reduces inflammation. The NPF suggests that the combination of vitamin D and UV… Read more »