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Vitamin D deficiency is rampant not just in the U.S., but worldwide, and research into vitamin D status and its effects on your health has grown tremendously in the past couple of years, showing that previously recommended levels are insufficient to reap any major health benefits. This has led to a surge in vitamin D testing, with labs like Quest doing some 500,000 tests per month! Unfortunately, recent developments in 2008 have made it clear that there are irregularities in the values obtained from the different testing methods. Although results from any of the three commonly used assays may be analytically accurate, they might not be clinically accurate, which is, ultimately, what matters.
January 30, 2012 The Most Accurate and Reliable Measurement of Your Vitamin D Status Vitamin D is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in your body with the ability to prevent hundreds of diseases. One of the most important determinants of your vitamin D status is how you supplement and assess your optimum levels. Researchers have unveiled the development of a revolutionary reference methodology that promises to assure more accurate and reliable measurements of vitamin D status. Vitamin D is well known as the "sunshine vitamin" because human skin makes the nutrient upon exposure to sunlight.
February 24, 2012 Current Vitamin D Levels Found In Millions of People Are Allowing Chronic Inflammation Researchers have discovered specific molecular signaling events by which vitamin D prevents inflammation. In their experiments, they showed that low levels of Vitamin D, comparable to levels found in millions of people, failed to inhibit the inflammatory cascade--a series of rapid biochemical events which propagates and matures the inflammatory response. However, levels considered adequate did inhibit inflammatory signaling.
By Dr. Mercola Did you know there are two types of vitamin D, and they are NOT interchangeable? In fact, taking the wrong one could do you more harm than good...
Do you realize that over 90% of all diseases could be prevented with four things? These four include exercise, stress management , a healthy diet/nutrition program and sunlight. Vitamin D is produced endogenously when our skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from sunlight.