OVO MD Vitamin D

Vitamin D and Its Role in Health

Did you know that less than 50% of Americans get their recommended daily vitamin D? Vitamin D is a fat soluble hormone that has so many implications in our health. We can make it endogenously through our skin’s contact with the UVB rays as well as through diet and nutritional supplementation. It impacts our innate and adaptive immune system, reduces inflammation, aids in calcium absorption, and even aid in the synthesis of serotonin to address mental health. All of these effects are enhanced by the co-administration of bio-available curcumin in OVOMD.

Research has demonstrated that having sufficient vitamin D levels helps to decrease all-cause mortality including (myocardial infraction, stroke, and cancer). Sufficient vitamin D has also been shown to be protective against cancer for post-menopausal women. African American men and women supplementing with vitamin D have shown to have a 23% decrease in cancer incidences. The National Institute of Health recommends around 600 IUs daily of vitamin D but due to low dietary intake of the vitamin, the dramatic insufficient levels nationwide, and vitamin D’s essential role in so many bodily systems, it is likely best to supplement with more than that daily. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, which means it is store in the fat and it also means that those who have more adipose tissue (overweight and obese individuals) will tend to sequester the vitamin and store it so it cannot be used for all its wonderful roles in our health. Due to this fact, it is best to optimize dosing by one taking between 1,000-2,000 IU daily with a fatty meal (avocadoes, nuts, seeds) and checking with your provider to see if taking a larger dose is safe in certain instances (i.e. obesity). OVOMD makes it easy to absorb vitamin D through its oil based delivery system and even adds to its effectiveness due to the co-administration of magnesium and vitamin C. Vitamin D and magnesium taken together enhance absorption and effectiveness. Vitamin C aids in connective tissue strength through its work as a co-factor in collagen synthesis, which is complimentary to vitamin D’s role in bone mineralization. Co-administration with plan sterols and vitamin A decrease absorption and is something to take into consideration when dosing. Other factors that affect vitamin D levels include age, skin color, gastrointestinal health, and genetics which is why it is so important to get your levels checked and to start daily supplementation for optimal levels and overall health and longevity.


Source: The largest clinical trial to examine the effects of vitamin D supplements on the primary prevention of cancer in the general population- VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL).1

Plasma vitamin D levels, menopause, and risk of breast cancer: dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies.Bauer SR, Hankinson SE, Bertone-Johnson ER, Ding EL; Medicine (Baltimore). 2013 May; 92(3):123-31

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