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Why is vitamin D important?

Updated: Jan 9

Why is vitamin D important?

Unlocking Immune Health: The Power of Vitamin D

In times of uncertainty, questions about immune function flood in. Let's delve into the essential role of vitamin D. Beyond bone metabolism, it supports overall health, impacting respiratory issues, cancer, depression, and heart disease. With anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties, vitamin D activates immune defenses, enhancing the function of T-cells and macrophages.

Choosing the Right Supplements

Opt for high-dose products like Ortho Molecular (50,000 IU per week) or ADK from BioTE (5,000 IU or 10,000 IU per day) for quicker immune benefits. However, caution is crucial. Supplementing without knowing your lab value risks vitamin D toxicity, leading to increased calcium levels, falls, and kidney stone formation. Aim for a medically optimized level, with 60 ng/mL as a preferred threshold.

Natural Sources and Sun Exposure

Sunlight remains the best natural source. While excessive exposure poses risks, 15 minutes thrice weekly strikes a balance. Mushrooms, tuna, mackerel, and salmon also contribute to vitamin D intake.

Importance of Testing

Understanding your vitamin D levels is vital. A simple lab test reveals a range of 30-100 ng/mL, with a preference for levels above 60 ng/mL. If experiencing fatigue, mood changes, or bone and muscle aches, testing is recommended.

Who Should Get Screened?

Certain groups, including post-gastric bypass patients, those with malabsorption conditions, dark-skinned individuals, the obese, perimenopausal women, osteopenic patients, and pregnant or lactating women, should prioritize screening.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you fall into any of these categories, consider getting screened and treated. Contact us at 832-391-5300 to schedule your appointment. Boost your immune health with the right approach to vitamin D. Your well-being is our priority.

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