The sun vitamin
When we are in the sun, vitamin D3 is formed in our skin, which is subsequently converted to vitamin D. On a sunny summer day, the daily requirement should theoretically be covered. However, many factors influence the formation of vitamin D3 in the skin; e.g. the position of the sun, the altitude above sea level, the weather etc. Even window glass, for example, absorbs almost all the necessary UV-B components in sunlight. Sunscreen is important to prevent sunburn, but unfortunately it also massively hinders vitamin D3 production. Anything that gets between the sun and the skin reduces or prevents vitamin D production in the skin. In the winter months, any vitamin D reserves in the body and food are the only natural sources in this country. It is impossible to meet the necessary requirements in this way. It can be assumed that at least 70% of the Swiss population has a vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D has an effect on almost all areas of the body
In orthodox medicine, attention is paid to vitamin D3 in the first year of a child’s life for the good formation of bones and teeth and because the child should not then be exposed to the sun. Then again in older age for the treatment of brittle bones (osteoporosis) and for the prophylaxis of bone fractures in case of falls in old age. One could almost think that the human body
wouldnot need vitamin
Dfor all the years in between.
But far from it! Vitamin D is an incredibly versatile vitamin with almost innumerable influences on our health. There are now many scientific studies on the importance of this substance and it is actually incomprehensible how all this knowledge has still found little influence in conventional medicine.
The intensive research of the last decades around the extraordinary vitamin has produced amazing things and the news around the sun vitamin does not decrease! Vitamin D has an effect on almost all areas of the body, which is mainly explained by the special position of vitamin D among vitamins. While practically all other vitamins are involved only as co-factors in a few reactions, vitamin D does not act like a classic vitamin, but rather as a hormone that regulates numerous bodily processes.
These are the most important areas of action
- Effect on the immune system
- Effect on the genetic material/DNA
- Effect on the mineral balance
- Effect on heart and circulation
- Effect on nerves and brain
- Effect on proliferation (growth multiplication) and differentiation of cells
Because of these various functions, insufficient vitamin D intake can therefore be associated with a variety of quite different diseases. A vitamin D deficiency triggers a cascade of serious changes in the body, which can then lead to various symptoms and clinical pictures.
Only a few can be mentioned here:
Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis, Infertility and birth defects, Osteopenia and osteoporosis, Hypertension and cardiovascular disease, Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Mental diseases such as depression or bipolar disorder, Chronic pain such as fibromyalgia and migraine, Cancer ..
Vital, simple, cost-effective!
From this it is easy to deduce how important and also how simple and inexpensive a sufficient and regular supply of vitamin D would be! But already here the opinions differ. The BAG gives a daily quantity of 800 IU for adults, which is however from view of the Vitamin D researchers more than clearly too little!
In winter, 5000 IU per day can be taken without hesitation, while in summer it can be reduced to 3000 IU. The half-life of activated vitamin D is max 24-48h. Therefore, it is advisable to take it daily and not once a week or even once a month as often applied. In a laboratory control, values in the range of 100-150 nmol/l would be desirable.
Prevention and cure
The latest findings show that vitamin D not only serves to prevent a wide variety of diseases, which is of course the most desirable, but can even help to cure these very diseases!
This is shown by the amazing experiences, for example, of a Prof. Dr. Cicero G. Coimbra with patients affected by autoimmune diseases, especially multiple sclerosis. Dr. Coimbra and his team have successfully treated thousands of patients with this autoimmune disease, in many cases with complete normalization of all symptoms and clinical parameters. His therapy, known as the “Coimbra Protocol,” relies essentially on a single element: high-dose vitamin D. With the so-called Coimbra protocol, complete freedom from symptoms can be achieved in 95% of all autoimmune diseases, including MS. Of course, this must be done under medical supervision!
Latest finding: Vitamin D resistance
Vitamin D is now associated with a large number of autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D deficiency leads to an escalation of inflammatory processes, which manifests itself in chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. The latest research has even shown that people with autoimmune diseases are partially resistant to the effects of vitamin D for genetic reasons (vitamin D resistance). They need a much higher blood level to be free from the aggression of their own immune system. It is therefore important to note that if certain people do not reach the desired blood levels even despite regular vitamin D intake, resistance should be considered. In these cases, the dose must be adjusted individually with close laboratory monitoring
In summary, vitamin D should be considered a key element of health, the scope and potential of which we are probably just beginning to understand.
My tip is therefore; do not skimp on the intake of vitamin D!