Is Your Vitamin D Causing Disease Instead of Preventing It?
Vitamin D deficiency is a shockingly common health problem in Americans. Studies suggest that an untreated deficiency can lead to impaired immune function, poor bone strength, cardiovascular decline and increased susceptibility to infection.
Vitamin D can be attained through through two sources: UVB light and diet. Vitamin D has been recognized as one Americans most common vitamin deficiencies and is why so many people are now being told by their doctors to take vitamin D through supplementation. However, all supplements are NOT created equal!
There are two types of vitamin D, and they are NOT interchangeable? In fact, taking the wrong one could do you more harm than good. Drisdol is a synthetic form of vitamin D2 made by irradiating fungus and plant matter and is the form of vitamin D typically prescribed by doctors and research has shown from the Cochrane Database that there is actually a two percent relative increase risk in mortality rate of those who took D2 versus a six percent relative risk in reduction of those who used D3 . Vitamin D2 is not the type produced by your body in response to sun or safe tanning bed exposure, which is vitamin D3. According to experts, the gold standard in Vitamin D supplementation is D3, also known as cholecalciferol.
Finally, Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble vitamin meaning it needs to be taken with food or needs to be in an oil based formula in the form of softgels. Most supplements sold today use soybean oil in there softgels. Soybean oils have no place in your diet! Since your body can not recognize or metabolize “bad fats” such as soybean oil, they naturally contribute to weight gain by clinging to cell membranes and preventing cellular detoxification. Beyond the concern of weight loss, these damaged fats also adhere to arterial walls, cause inflammation, damage and contribute to heart attacks and stroke.
To identify if your supplements like vitamin D3 have unhealthy ingredients such as soybean oil, make sure you read the “ingredients label” of the supplement.
This article was written by Dr. Cash Lewis D.C.
Vitamin D Supplementation for Prevention of Mortality in Adults, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews