One single letter – astronomical health consequences.
There is so much information about Vitamin D, it’s rather overwhelming. I’m going to stick to some basics and provide you with links to continue the research – it’s worth it, I assure you. Vitamin D is a VIP (very important player) and deserves your attention, if you value your health. It’s been linked to weight loss, cancer survival, blood pressure and stroke, pregnancy complications, kidney stones and Multiple Sclerosis, just to name a few!1
First of all, Vitamin D’s role is to maintain appropriate blood levels of calcium (and phosphate) and aid in calcium absorption for bone health. Hmm, so it sounds like loading up on calcium supplements could be a waste, if we don’t have adequate levels of vitamin D to go along with it…
Secondly, not all vitamin D is created equal. For example, foods that are fortified with vitamin D, such as all forms of milk, cow or otherwise, use a synthetic (inferior) Vitamin D2. Not only does D2 not perform the same as natural D3, it also becomes toxic in the body at fairly low levels. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola:
- “Interestingly, the only vitamin not found in breast milk is vitamin D". (think about that…)
- "The vitamin D that’s added to milk is the synthetic and highly inferior vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Only vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the type of vitamin D found naturally in foods such as eggs, organ meats, [grass fed] animal fat, and cod liver oil is appropriate for supplementation."
- "Studies have concluded that vitamin D2 should no longer be regarded as a nutrient appropriate for supplementation or fortification of foods, yet no changes have been made within the food industry and it continues to be used!”2
Thirdly, vitamin D is fat soluble – so what good is it going to do in fat free milk anyway?
We (the human body) are designed to make our own appropriate form(s) of Vitamin D, from proper exposure to sunlight. This opens a whole other can of worms, related to over exposure and under-exposure!3
This really is a complex subject, much like a rabbit hole that leads from one point to another and another. Just when you understand what kind of Vitamin D and what foods to get it from, comes this:
“In order to receive the most health benefit from increased levels of vitamin D, the proper cofactors must be present in the body.”4 The most important of these appears to be magnesium, followed by Vitamin K (present in fermented, raw dairy products like kefir or yogurt)
My goal is to help readers, filter the contradictory information that floods the internet. Here’s a great place to start:
And just for fun (okay, my sense of fun may be warped), watch this video about vitamin fortified foodl (hint: we’ve been hornswoggled again)! And have no fear – the next issue of Kitchen Tips will be SWEET!!