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Key Supplements for Better Brain Health: Omega 3, B-Vitamins, and D3

Neurology ® Dec. 28, 2011, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182436598).

Numerous studies suggest that people with higher intakes of the omega-3 essential fatty acids; vitamins C, D, E, and the B vitamins were less likely to have brain shrinkage. These nutrients have also been associated with higher scores on mental thinking tests.

One particular study involved 104 people with an average age of 87 and very few risk factors for memory and thinking problems. Blood tests were used to determine the levels of various nutrients present in the blood of each participant. All of the participants also took tests of their memory and thinking skills. A total of 42 of the participants had MRI scans to measure their brain volume.

The participants overall had good nutritional status, but 7 percent were deficient in vitamin B12 and 25 percent were deficient in vitamin D.

Physician Pointing at Brain MRI

Previous studies have looked at only one or a few nutrients at a time or have used questionnaires to assess people’s diet. This study was among the first of its type to specifically measure a wide range of blood nutrient levels instead of basing findings on less precise data such as food questionnaires. Questionnaires rely on people’s memory of their diet, and they also do not account for how much of the nutrients are absorbed by the body, which can be an issue in the elderly.

In contrast, the study found people with diets high in trans fats were more likely to have brain shrinkage and lower scores on the thinking and memory tests.

The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Portland VA Medical Center.

In Conclusion: study author Gene Bowman, ND, MPH, of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, a member of the American Academy of Neurology, said that the nutrient biomarkers in the blood accounted for a significant amount of the variation in both brain volume and thinking and memory scores. For the thinking and memory scores, the nutrient biomarkers accounted for 17 percent of the variation in the scores. Other factors such as age, number of years of education and high blood pressure accounted for 46 percent of the variation. For brain volume, the nutrient biomarkers accounted for 37 percent of the variation.

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The Amazing Benefits of Vitamin D

SunlifeParents have always encouraged their kids to go outside and play, and this is especially true for today’s world full of computer devices, smart phones, video games and countless other gadgets. It’s far too easy to sit inside a nice cozy house and get lost in the newest episode of the latest hit show or surf the net for hours on end, but this could actually be more harmful than believed. The lack of Vitamin D (something we get naturally from the sun) can potentially be harmful. So what can we do if we do not want to frolic in the sun? The answer: take Vitamin D supplements.

In a recent study by the University of Kentucky, researchers discovered that Vitamin D is important for maintaining a healthy brain. The study was performed on rats, but the results are still relevant to human counterparts. Rats with lower levels of Vitamin D struggled with cognitive functions like learning and memory. If rats have a hard time retaining and recalling new information, we could be in trouble since we have so many distractions. Vitamin D is also important to help fight depression and maintain bone health. In addition, low levels of Vitamin D are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers and heart issues.

So maybe our parents were right in encouraging us to go outside and get some sun, but if we can’t find the time, Vitamin D supplements also work. Either way, make sure your diet is sufficient in Vitamin D to help avoid potential health problems.

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LIVE LONGER WITH VITAMIN D3

The Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®life-extension-book
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Volume 20 No. 1 • February 2017

LIVE LONGER WITH VITAMIN D3
or
LIVE LESS LONG WITH LESS VITAMIN D3

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many chronic disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, infections, immune deficiency, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, heart failure, sudden cardiac death, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease (Gruber, 2015). But, even more than that, low vitamin D levels in serum are associated with increased mortality. In fact, in a recent meta-analysis of 42 randomized trials, taking vitamin D for three years or longer resulted in a significant 6% reduction in all-cause mortality.

In another meta-analysis (this one included 73 observational studies and 22 randomized controlled trials with 849,412 and 30,716 participants respectively), the observational studies were reported to show that “[e]ach decline of 25(OH)D [vitamin D] by 10 ng/mL was associated with a 16% increased risk of all-cause mortality (Gruber, 2015).”

Importantly, however, different forms of Vitamin D have different effects. In the randomized clinical trials noted in the paragraph above, “where vitamin D2 (dose range: 208-4500 IU/day) or vitamin D3 (dose range: 10-6000 IU/day) were given alone vs placebo or no treatment, vitamin D3 significantly reduced the mortality by 11%, whereas vitamin D2 increase[d] the mortality by 4%.” (The increased mortality seen with vitamin D2 was, however, seen with lower doses (<600 IU/day) and shorter average periods of supplementation (less than 1.5 years).) Vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D that the two of us take.

A third meta-analysis that included 32 studies from January 1966 to January 2013 with more than 500,000 people (about 55 years old), found that serum 25(OH)D levels less than or equal to 30 ng/mL were associated with greater all-cause mortality, as compared to levels over 30 ng/mL. The authors of this meta-analysis also noted that the cutoff point for a deficient intake of vitamin D (20 ng/mL), as recommended by the federal government’s Institute of Medicine was too low to get all the health benefits of vitamin D (e.g., reduced risk of all-cause mortality and diseases such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc.). They suggested that the cutoff point should “not be set at 20 ng/mL, but at 30 ng/mL (Gruber, 2015).”

It is notable that the “Institute of Medicine recommended a daily tolerable upper intake (UL) for vitamin D for persons of nine years and older of 4000 IU and the Endocrine Society recommended for adults an UL of 10,000 IU vitamin D (Gruber, 2015).” We take 16,000 IU/day to attain a minimum-mortality sweet spot value of 60 ng/ml. NOTE: Do not take more than 10,000 IU/day unless you also have a blood test to verify that you are not taking too much.

It is also interesting to know that “obese individuals needed 2.5 times more vitamin D to raise the blood levels of 25(OH)D to the same degree as a normal weight person (Gruber, 2015).”

In conclusion, vitamin D3 is an inexpensive way to obtain a variety of potentially important health benefits, including the possibility of living longer.

Reference

Gruber et al. Live longer with vitamin D? Nutrients. 7:1871-80 (2015).

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

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Life Priority - Eyes on Vitamin D

Do you need Life Priority Vitamin D3?

If you are not already taking a Vitamin D3 supplement, you really need to consider it. The vitamin is so important for multiple body functions and contains many preventative properties. Vitamin D3 is so difficult to come by naturally that we have no choice but to supplement our diets. In the supplement world there can be many gimmicks and low quality products that don’t always get regulated and can’t be trusted, so do your research and find a high grade product.

Life Priority D3 provides 2,000 IUs of Vitamin D per serving. This highly researched, special formulation contains Vitamin D3 which is the most bioavailable form of Vitamin D3.

Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption which aids in muscle and bone functioning, heart functioning, brain health, emotional health, normal cell division, and much more. Vitamin D is only naturally acquired through sunlight exposure and consumption of fish. In today’s society, we are spending less time outdoors and in many populations we are not eating large amounts of fish that would provide us with an adequate Vitamin D dose. If these are both true for you, and you want to reap the benefits Life Priority Vitamin D3 has to offer, then you need supplementation.

Researching the Benefits of Vitamin D for our Bodies

vitamin-d-research-sunlightDo you often think to yourself, “Did I get enough Vitamin D today?” Chances are, no,
you don’t think this. Vitamin D often gets overlooked in our dietary lives. A lot of the time
we are focusing on what will help us lose weight, or what will help us reduce symptoms
of some certain ailment we are facing, but what we don’t know is that research has
shown that Vitamin D can aid in these and much more. Vitamin D can be considered a
multi-tasker with a plethora of benefits for our bodies.

Mood
Observational studies have found a link between Vitamin D and mood levels in older
adults. In these studies, it was found that Vitamin D deficiency could be a risk-factor for
depression brought on later in life. Participants who took Vitamin D supplementation
were found to have an increase in their mood levels.
http://www.jad-journal.com/article/S0165-0327(15)31026-0/abstract

Musculoskeletal
Research has shown that Vitamin D benefits the body’s musculoskeletal functions.
Again, with our Vitamin D deficient lifestyles, people can be more prone to fractures and
muscle weakness. A study found that daily Vitamin D supplementation reduced hip and
non-spinal fractures by 20%. Sufficient Vitamin D levels help with bone mineralization
and keeps them from softening as we get older.

Vitamin D

Mortality
Another study sought out to find an association between Vitamin D and general
mortality. In the study, populations had their Vitamin D levels checked and were
separated based on their Vitamin D statuses. The population with the higher status
results had lower mortality rates than the population that was considered Vitamin D
deficient. This study’s purpose was to generally associate Vitamin D status levels with
risk factors related to mortality.
http://www.danmedj.dk/portal/page/portal/danmedj.dk/dmj_forside/PAST_ISSUE/2015/
DMJ_2015_02/B5008

Heart Health
The heart “flexes” its muscle with the help of Vitamin D. Over time, like other muscles,
the heart can become weaker and even damaged. That, compounded with a Vitamin D
deficiency can cause problems in the long run. Studies found that men who were
Vitamin D deficient were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack. It’s no surprise here that
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to heart issues.

Vitamin D

The list can go on and on about what research says about Vitamin D and its
preventative properties, but the benefits outlined are reason enough for you to make
sure that your Vitamin D levels are up to par. In this day and age and with the modern
lifestyles we live, it’s not hard for us to become deficient. Speak to your doctor about
testing and how you can combat Vitamin D deficiency. They may even recommend
changes in diet or Vitamin D supplementation.

Why Our Bodies Need Vitamin D Supplementation

Sunlight Trees Horses Herding Horseback Cowboys

The year is 1817, void of our current-day electronics, processed foods, and 8+ hour desk job work days. The farming and agriculture industry reigns, where 90% of the population lives on a farm and produces their own food.

This lifestyle encouraged ample amounts of sunlight to be absorbed into the skin thus, producing Vitamin D for our bodies to use. In those times, Vitamin D deficiencies were not an issue like they are today.

Vitamin D is a unique vitamin in that our bodies do produce it, but as our habits change and we age, it becomes harder to trigger its production. Natural Vitamin D food sources are very limited and only include fish and egg yolks. Some foods can be fortified with Vitamin D, but natural sources are the best way to obtain the Vitamin.

This is where it becomes problematic for us today. We are already faced at a disadvantage with such a limited number of food sources where we can access Vitamin D. Couple that with the fact that our population hardly spends time outside in the natural sunlight like we did 200 years ago. We are hit with a double whammy where Vitamin D deficiencies seem inevitable.

Vitamin D is essential for our bone, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular health. It is for these reasons that we require Vitamin D supplementation. The recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin D for adults aged 51-70 years is 600 IU. For adults over 70 the amount increases to 800 IU (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). With our modern lives that are mainly spent indoors, we simply cannot naturally produce these amounts resulting in us relying on supplementation to keep us healthy.

Make sure you are being proactive about your health and being intentional when it comes to obtaining Vitamin D and seeking out supplementation.

Be sure to speak with your health care professional before you start taking a Vitamin D supplement.

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/#h2
http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/vitamin-d-and-your-health
http://animalsmart.org/animals-and-the-environment/comparing-agriculture-of-the-past-with-today