“there is enough positive research currently to indicate that people should be supplementing with vitamin D for a variety of positive health outcomes”
When huge studies such as this find dramatic differences in health directly correlated with Vitamin D levels, well… it’s pretty clear that getting your levels up is an essential part of improving your health.
One key factor that’s missed in this report is that it’s not Vitamin D alone that protects bones. It’s Vitamin D plus Vitamin K, and K is the one that actually shuttles calcium into the bones, teeth, etc., where it belongs.
I believe that the current epidemic of heart disease in women is happening in part because we have all been told to take calcium to protect our bones, but are not getting enough Vitamin K to get that calcium out of the bloodstream, where it causes cardiovascular problems such as arterial calcification.
Arterial calcification, you ask? I’m talking about plaque. Hardening of the arteries. Heart disease. That’s what calcium can do in the wrong place.
Lack of Vitamin K can also cause other kinds of dangerous calcifications, as well, including breast, and prostate.
And if you are gluten-sensitive and have been eating gluten, the chances of your having malabsorption of Vitamin K are very, very high.
By the way, there are only a very few supplement companies that are offering the RIGHT form of Vitamin K to do this – not any K will do.
You can also up your Vitamin K levels with pastured butter, fermented foods such as kefir and sauerkraut, and meat from pastured/grass fed animals. (Actually the best food source is natto, but most people find it repulsive.) I generally recommend my clients take D and K in supplement form, together, and then check levels of Vitamin D in blood work. Throughout most of the country, it is not possible to get enough Vitamin D from sun exposure, and you must supplement. Without supplementation, I generally see blood levels of Vitamin D in the 30s an below, far lower than is optimal.
If you need help figuring this out for you personally, please make an appointment.
Bonus, not mentioned in the NYT article: Vitamin D helps keep you SEXY! That’s right, it’s essential for estrogen in women and testosterone in men, and having optimal levels helps balance hormones.