Hello Dr. Andreas Boettcher here, a
Scientific Advisory Board member here at Kyäni, and in this episode, we’re going to
talk about the power of the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D, otherwise known as the
sunshine vitamin, is actually not a vitamin at all. In fact, it’s a prohormone
and in just a minute i’m going to talk about the different forms of vitamin D
and also their implications in the variety of systems that they affect and
the benefits of obviously supplementing with vitamin D. So rather than bore you
with a lot of the science behind vitamin D, I thought I would talk about some of
the deficiencies found as a result of not having enough vitamin D
in your diet, because the only way you can get it is either through the Sun,
through regular exposure, or through your diet or supplements. Your body does not
have the ability to produce vitamin D on its own. So when we look at the symptoms
of vitamin D deficiency, you can see the broad reaching implications, in fact,
there are over 30,000 genes in the human body 3,000 of which are affected
directly by vitamin D. It can result or lead to osteoporosis, heart disease, high
blood pressure, even cancer. In fact, studies have been showing interestingly
enough that up to 60% of various different forms and types of cancers can
be significantly reduced–you can reduce your chances of developing cancer by 60%
by maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D and more on that in just a second.
Autoimmune diseases, depression insomnia, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, multiple
sclerosis, chronic pain, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and yes autism, so it
doesn’t take long to figure out that vitamin D is pretty darn important. So
the question becomes, “who should be tested?” And my opinion is in
recommendation if you’ve never been tested for your vitamin D levels, which
is a simple blood test, that you immediately get it done to see exactly
where you are. Then get on a proper diet and supplementation program if necessary
to get your levels into the optimum reference range. So who should be tested?
Well those that are suffering from either weakness, chronic fatigue,
depression, you have trouble sleeping, anxiety, you’re suffering from weak or
brittle bones, broken bones, a weakened immune
system, and are suffering from reoccurring inflammation and or swelling.
so what should your optimal levels of vitamin D be? Well they should be around
24 to 80 nanograms per milliliter and I know that absolutely means nothing to
you. Now here’s the point that I want to make with this I actually live in San
Diego where sunshine is plentiful and I’m outside quite a bit, whether I’m
surfing, or I’m at the beach, or I’m out jet skiing, or just simply out riding my
mountain bike. I spend a lot of time outside. Now with that being said, I still
supplement with vitamin D. Now here’s the thing that even surprised me. My levels
were right at 73.3 living in San Diego and supplementing on
a regular basis. Most people have no idea that they’re actually suffering
from vitamin D deficiency, so if you’re experiencing any of these areas right
here, I strongly encourage you to get with your naturopath or your physician
and have your vitamin D levels checked, because it very well could be a very
simple solution that could potentially save you from unnecessary medications,
frustrations, or challenges in any one of these areas. Now when it comes to
supplementation, there are basically two different forms: one is derived from
plants and the other one is derived from animals. Here’s the important thing you
need to know: A lot of vitamin D supplements out there are actually made
with the plant-based form. Here’s the problem. The problem with that is that
the science is showing that the animal form vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, is the
one that is 500 times more bioavailable converted into vitamin D than the actual
vitamin D2 form. Okay, very important that you actually know that, and four times
more effective, so always make sure that you’re reading the labels and I strongly
encourage you that you and you are supplementing and if you are supplementing
with vitamin D, that you are consuming the vitamin and D3 form. Now here is the
power of vitamin D. So let’s start to look at some of the benefits by
maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D. Very first
and foremost, it contributes to bone health. this is a vital prohormone that
is essential and works directly with calcium absorption, potassium, and
phosphorus–all strongly crucial or critical for maintaining proper bone
density and mineralization.
It supports healthy skeletal system by preventing osteomalacia over time, which
is basically the softening or weakening of bones as we age. And it supports
healthy parathyroid and thus, as a result directly, proper phosphorus levels, which
again, is essential for maintaining healthy bone density. It’s also important
for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. It promotes the absorption of
calcium, which is essential in maintaining a
healthy insulin response. In fact, a 2015 study found that in current diabetes
review talked about it being integral in all aspects in all phases of the
condition of maintaining diabetes on a supplementation level. Mounting evidence
is also linking low levels of vitamin D to diabetes directly. It promotes a
healthy heart, it’s directly involved in maintaining healthy blood pressure,
cholesterol, and a natural inflammatory response. Very important. Low levels are
linked to hypertension, atherosclerosis, and cardiac hypertrophy,
this is very important when you start to think about hypertension being a risk
factor for heart disease, atherosclerosis, which in my previous episodes where I
talk about the Power of Nitro Nutrition can prevent your body from producing
nitric oxide, which essentially is critical to maintaining a healthier
healthy vascular supply, maintaining the suppleness and the flexibility and
ability of your blood vessels to dilate so they can deliver nutrition and proper
blood flow to all of the vital cells and tissues of the human body. Vanderbilt the
universal study linked low vitamin D levels with an increased incidence of
cardiac events. It also enhances the immune system by promoting
healthy cell replication, healthy cell turnover, it supports the body’s natural
immune response and supports a healthy inflammatory response. It also assists in
maintaining hormone regulation and mood. vitamin D, like I said, is really a
prohormone it’s not a vitamin, it acts more like a hormone than it actually
does a vitamin, and it’s vital to brain function and maintaining a healthy,
optimistic good mood, and also essential for healthy testosterone and estrogen
production. Now more on that in just a moment, I want to talk about that point,
but cognitive function as well it supports healthy memory as we age,
supports decision-making, concentration and learning, and low levels have also
been linked to schizophrenia and the development of multiple sclerosis.
Then there’s some of the other exciting areas of research that we’re seeing is
that it may lower your risk of cancer and as I open up this video is that
maintaining healthy levels can reduce your risk of developing cancer by as
high as 60% and of course there was a lot of other different factors that are
involved, but this is being one of the critical ones. Low levels have been
linked to breast, prostate, and colon cancer. Something I’m astutely aware of
because I lost my mother to breast cancer unfortunately, and lost my father
as well now he had colon cancer a younger age passed away for other
reasons, but it’s something that I personally make sure that I stay on top
of, because for me the genetic code is somewhat stacked against me, so why aid
it by having low levels of vitamin D? My philosophy there. And it also has the
ability to protect excessive estrogen production, so although it does help with
estrogen production, it also has the ability to prevent excessive estrogen
production, which has also been linked to cancer. Now where can you get your
vitamin D? Well again, I always prefer food sources, but yet I do still
supplement, because it’s very hard to eat all of these every single day. Now of
course first, and foremost, leverage, good old-fashioned Sun I know not all of you
watching video live in beautiful, sunny San Diego
where it’s pretty much sunny 350 days out of the year, so you want to get out
there 10 to 20 minutes a day when you can so that you can start to replenish
those vitamin D levels. halibut, carp fish, mackerel, eel, maitake
mushrooms, salmon, white fish, portobello mushrooms, swordfish, rainbow trout, cod
liver oil, sardines, tuna, eggs, and raw milk, are just some of the many sources
in which you can find to maintain healthy vitamin D levels. When it comes
to supplementation one of my preferred sources is Kyäni Sunset because it also
contains 400 IU’s of vitamin D3, the most bioavailable form of vitamin D3, in
addition to tocotrienols, which i talked about in a previous episode of Kyäni
Wellness TV, in addition to Wild Alaskan Salmon omega-3 fatty acids and
beta carotene this is my powerful anti-inflammatory supplement that I take
absolutely every single night. So the key is take home make sure you go get your
vitamin D levels tested, see where you’re at, and then make sure you start
including natural food sources of vitamin D and supplement where
appropriate and best for you. Best in health.