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  • Vitamin D Deficient? You May be Prone to Muscle Injury and Alzheimer's

    Add stronger muscles to the ever-growing list of reasons to take vitamin D. Scientists recently discovered that a lack of vitamin D could result in muscle injuries in athletes; another group of scientists found that vitamin D can help to remove plaques in the brain that have long been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive form of dementia that afflicts millions of people. Because it’s hard to get enough vitamin D in your diet, our practitioners strongly recommend that you get you ensure you’re getting your recommended daily allowance through a vitamin D supplement.

    For decades, researchers have been telling us about the health benefits of vitamin D:

    • Maintains bone health
    • Enhances immunity
    • Helps quell the proliferation of cancer cells
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Aids in the digestive process
    • Lowers risk of bacterial infections
    • Supports mood stability
    • Helps prevent type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and bladder, breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and rectal cancers.

    Athletes who are vitamin D deficient and muscle Injury

    A study was recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine linking vitamin D deficiency to a risk of muscle injuries in athletes. The study indicated that NFL players were especially prone to vitamin-D deficiency-related muscle injuries.

    The research team, led by Dr. Michael Shindle of Summit Medical Group, studied 89 players from one NFL team. The players’ vitamin D levels were measured in the spring of 2010. Data about which players missed games due to muscle injuries was collected, and vitamin D levels were tracked. The results indicated that many of the physically fit NFL players suffered a substantial lack of vitamin D. Specifically, 27 players were “dramatically deficient,” while 45 had “levels consistent with insufficiency.” Only 17 of the 89 players in the test group had vitamin D levels within normal limits. The results? The 16 players who suffered the most muscle injuries also had the lowest vitamin D levels.

    Vitamin D deficiency and Alzheimer's disease

    Research recently published in the journal Fluids and Barriers of the CNSindicates that vitamin D may also assist in the removal of plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers gave vitamin D injections to mice with amyloid beta plaques—considered the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease--in their brains and found that vitamin D therapy helped remove the plaques. Considering the aggressive, destructive nature of this form of dementia, this research is very exciting news for the medical community and the general public.

    Want to learn more about the benefits of vitamin D and how much you should really be taking? Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner today.

  • Vitamin D and Skin Cancer: What's the Link?

    It seems as though vitamin d and skin have been getting lots of press lately and for good reason. Vitamin D is known to have a variety of health benefits. Here are a few:


    • Helps the intestine absorb nutrients such as calcium; good absorption of nutrients builds strong bones and a strong immune system.
    • Helps to prevent osteoporosis and arthritis
    • Regulates blood pressure
    • Relieves body aches
    • Helps fight depression
    • Reduces the chance for respiratory infections
    • Reduces wrinkles and makes skin soft and smooth
    • Provides a protective lining for blood vessels, thus improving cardiovascular function


    Now, we can add another health benefit of vitamin D to the list: it can reduce the risk of skin cancer in women by as much as 50 percent! Dr. Jean Tang, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, has been studying the link between vitamin D and skin cancer in women in a high-risk group: those who have had prior non-melanoma forms of skin cancer. Dr. Tang found that taking only 400 IUs (international units) of vitamin D daily could help prevent skin cancer. (Source)


    This is exciting news about vitamin d and skin cancer because, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. In 2007 alone, more than 8,400 people died from melanomas of the skin.


    If you would like to learn more about the benefits of vitamin D supplements, ask your doctor or Pharmaca practitioner today.

  • Vitamin D research roundup

    Over the years we’ve written a lot about the sunshine vitamin, and more and more studies are coming out about its benefits (including this recent one about how increased vitamin D levels can help lower the risk of death from H1N1).

    Here are a few good reads that might help persuade you to keep up your vitamin D regimen, especially during these short winter days.

    Pharmaca’s position on the vitamin D debate
    Pharmaca experts weigh in on the recent recommended increase in vitamin D levels.

    Less vitamin D, more colds
    Are you getting enough vitamin D? The answer may lie in how often you catch a cold.

    Battling vitamin D deficiency in children
    An August 2009 study published in the journal Pediatrics reported that the majority of American children between the ages of 1 and 21 have insufficient blood levels of vitamin D.

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