Vitamin D is commonly known as the Sunshine Vitamin but it might soon be named the Anti-Aging Vitamin. How much do we love that! As we all know, Vitamin D is important in absorbing other nutrients, supporting brain, bone, and skin health but new research shows that Vitamin D is especially important for people over 55.
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, revealed that the elderly with vitamin D deficiencies were more likely to have at least one functional problem compared to people with healthy levels of the vitamin. Researchers studied two groups — people 55-65 and those over the age of 65 — to see if they could perform basic everyday tasks. The groups were both tested to see if they could walk up or down a 15-step staircase, dress themselves, stand up, trim their toenails, walk outside unaided for five minutes, and use transportation.
Researchers were specifically looking at the correlation between Vitamin D levels and aging problems. In both groups, scientists found that people with low Vitamin D levels were more likely to suffer a disability than those with normal Vitamin D levels. The study also found that Vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of a hip fracture by 30% and the risk of any non-spinal fracture by 14%.
So, what do we do with this new-found information?
Researchers recommend getting 800 IU of Vitamin D per day to make up for low levels of the vitamin that you are getting from sunlight (or not getting if you have a love/hate relationship with the sun) and your diet. Although 20 minutes in the sun is usually sufficient for getting your daily dose of Vitamin D, most people in the Northern Hemisphere don’t get enough UVB rays for six months out of the year. That makes Vitamin D supplements that much more important for people over 55 that live in most of the developed world.
Previous studies looked at the problem of Vitamin D deficiency among the elderly also recommend taking a calcium supplement along with Vitamin D, if you are not getting enough calcium in your diet. The combination makes for better absorption of both and helps support healthy bones to prevent fractures.
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The best supplemental form in which to take the “sunshine vitamin” is vitamin D3, as there are not that many foods that contains this mega-star vitamin. Second, those foods that do contain D almost always have it in the form of D2 – a slightly different form than that created by sun exposure. We highly recommend D3Fusion™ with its advanced delivery system for enhanced absorption.