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Vitamin D and Your Good Health

VitaminDJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Vitamin D has been in the news a lot lately. It’s not surprising, considering that vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency is now considered a global public health challenge, affecting an estimated 1 billion people worldwide. According to new research, fully 75% of American teens and adults may have insufficient levels of vitamin D, a dramatic increase from about 40% in the last decade or so. Since the body can manufacture vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight, what’s causing the alarmingly high rates of deficiency in the general population?

For one thing, there are few food sources that contain naturally occurring vitamin D. Known dietary sources include wild salmon, tuna and mackerel, beef liver, mushrooms and fortified foods such as cereal, juice or dairy products. Throughout evolution, humans have depended on sunlight, rather than foods, to meet their vitamin D requirement. In addition, many of us don’t eat fish or drink milk and, as far as serving beef liver with mushrooms for dinner, well, good luck with that.

Spending too much time indoors, especially in winter, means little exposure to sunlight and without sunlight, our skin cannot produce the “sunshine” vitamin. Another very good reason for deficiency is the high use of sunscreens, which can block the skin’s vitamin D production by 99%, even with an SPF as low as 15. The recommendation to avoid all sun exposure, unless slathered with copious amounts of high SPF sunscreen or covering up from head to toe, has resulted in a marked increase in the risk of vitamin D deficiency. The body is designed to produce large amounts of natural vitamin D when lots of bare skin, such as the back or torso, is regularly exposed to sensible amounts of sunlight, ideally when the sun is high in the sky.

Sensible sun exposure varies and can mean as little as 5 – 15 minutes several times each week for a fair skinned person to more than an hour for a darker skinned person. Finding the right amount of exposure time is problematic, as you don’t want to burn, which can increase the risk of developing skin cancers. Sensible, frequent sun exposure is healthy, overexposure is not. After a bit of exposure, applying sunscreen, covering up and getting into the shade are considered safe ways to protect your skin from harmful rays.

One good rule of thumb for getting the most benefit from sun exposure to is pay attention to your shadow. If your shadow is longer than you are tall, as it is most of winter, you are not making much vitamin D. If your shadow is shorter, like it is in summer in the middle of the day, more vitamin D is being produced. The farther you live from the equator, the harder it is to produce vitamin D from sunlight, especially during winter. Aging, obesity, certain medications and health conditions, such as Crohn’s and celiac disease, are additional causes of vitamin D deficiencies.

Why all the fuss about deficiency? The most well-known consequences of deficiency are rickets in children and osteomalacia or osteoporosis in adults. Vitamin D promotes calcium and phosphorus absorption, important in the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Ongoing research has shown that vitamin D has many roles to play in human health. Vitamin D facilitates normal immune function and improves resistance against certain diseases. Mounting evidence links low levels of vitamin D to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, dementia, depression, increased blood pressure, muscle weakness, bone pain and breast, colon, prostate, ovarian and other cancers.

To recap, we can get our vitamin D in three different ways — from sun exposure, dietary sources and by supplementing. Getting the right amounts of vitamin D seems tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. As you can’t really depend on getting adequate amounts from foods or on getting just the right amount of sun exposure, many people choose to safely increase their vitamin D intake by supplementing. If your goal is to lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of diabetes, lower your risks of heart attacks, rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disease, inhibit cancer cell growth and improve your overall health, don’t neglect your vitamin D levels.

Some medical organizations, such as The American Academy of Dermatology recommend against getting any sun exposure at all. If you have concerns about sun exposure or have a history of skin cancer, supplementing with vitamin D3 is a very effective way to get the vital amounts of vitamin D your body needs for good health. Supplementation guidelines vary. In general, a therapeutic range for children one year and older is 600 – 1,000 IUs daily and adults 1,500 – 2,000 IUs. Depending upon your own personal health status, your healthcare provider can recommend optimal amounts for you. Consider taking vitamin K2 along with vitamin D3, as these two nutrients work synergistically to strengthen your bones and improve your health.

If you are pregnant, nursing or taking blood thinning medications, please consult your healthcare provider before supplementing with vitamins D3 and K2. Should you have any questions about vitamin D3 supplementation, please call or email Professional Supplement Center.

Liquid Vitamin D3 with K2Liquid Vitamin D3 with K2 by Ortho Molecular – This tasteless, odorless natural liquid formula provides vitamin D3 and K2 in a base of medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCTs allow for superior absorption of the bone, immune and cardiac supporting nutrients.


Vitamin D3 2000 I.U.

Vitamin D3 2000 IU by Vital Nutrients – For those who prefer tablet form, this product supplies 2000 IU per dose and promotes bone health, calcium absorption and the maintenance of healthy serum calcium levels.


Bio-D-MulsionBio-D-Mulsion by Biotics Research – This highly absorbable liquid formula supplies 400 IU of vitamin D per drop. Necessary for musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and immune health, this popular formula works well for those with malabsorption issues. Gluten free.


Vitamin D/K2 Liquid (KD500)Vitamin D/K2 Liquid by Thorne Research – Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and in combination with MCT oil, this easy to take liquid formula provides powerful support for normal cell formation, healthy bones, immunity and maintenance of the cardiovascular system. Gluten, soy and dairy free.   No additional ingredients.

Vitamin D deficiency soars in the U.S.  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/vitamin-d-deficiency-united-states/
How do I get the vitamin D my body needs?   https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/
Vitamin D Deficiency: a worldwide problem with health consequences. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/4/1080S.full#sec-3

Stay Healthy: Immune Supporting Tips

immumne2JacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

It’s the beginning of flu season and the thought of that looming threat may make some of us a little uneasy. Fortunately, most of us who may get the illness will not develop complications and will recover with rest, proper nutrition, adequate hydration and OTC medications. For some, an antiviral prescription medication may be recommended, which can be effective at reducing the severity of the illness when taken as soon as possible after symptoms develop.

Many factors contribute to your risk of coming down with the flu, including age, as infants, children and the elderly are more vulnerable. Others at high risk of hospitalization from complications of the flu include those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems, those under chronic stress, the severely obese and pregnant women.

Do you ever wonder why some will come down with flu symptoms while others appear to be able to resist the bugs that cause the illness? Are you one of those people who seem to catch every viral infection that makes the rounds in the office or at school? Perhaps your immune system could use some attention. Following are some reasons why your immune system may be functioning at less than optimal levels:

Poor diet – Malnutrition impairs immune function. Diets high in sugar, fast food and processed foods don’t provide the rich nutrients your immune system needs to build its army of white blood cells, which fight infections and pathogens. Surprised? Don’t be, as it’s the diets high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, protein and healthy fats that promote overall health and provide the nutrients the immune system requires for optimal function.

Stressful lifestyle – Chronic stress puts the immune system under duress, leaving the body more vulnerable to illness. Scientific data shows that the negative effects of stress on the immune system have implications for health, including reduced antibody production and decreased lymphocyte proliferation. You can cut your chances of succumbing to a cold or the flu by mindfully reducing stress. Studies show that people who meditate have 50% reduced risk of illness, likely because meditation reduces the physical effects of stress that weaken the immune system. Massage on a regular basis has also been shown to produce positive changes in immune function.

Lack of sleep – Sleep deprivation raises the risks of illness by activating the stress response, elevating inflammatory chemicals and suppressing immune function. Sleep loss appears to cause changes to the system that activates our immune defense by decreasing the production of infection fighting antibodies and cytokines, chemical messengers that regulate the response of the immune system. Adequate sleep of 7 -8 hours a night for adults and up to 10 hours for children supports immune function by enhancing the body’s ability to form an initial response to invading pathogens.

Inactivity – Just as a weakened immune system generally accompanies a sedentary lifestyle, physical fitness is associated with healthy immune function. The human body was not designed for an inactive lifestyle, as studies show a sedentary lifestyle disrupts normal body functions that are necessary to maintain good health. Physical inactivity increases susceptibility to viral infections, while regular moderate exercise enhances natural immunity. It would appear that getting active is a good prescription for getting and staying healthy. During exercise, antibodies and white blood cells circulate more rapidly throughout the body, increasing the chances of detecting illnesses earlier.

Vitamin D deficiency – Scientists have found that vitamin D is crucial to immune defenses. However, vitamin D deficiency has seen a dramatic increase among children, teens and adults in the U.S., leading to compromised immune function and inflammation. Studies indicate that the effects of vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing chronic disease and immune system abnormalities, which can result in infections and autoimmune disease. Without sufficient vitamin D, killer T cells, which fight infections, remain dormant and don’t complete the necessary activation process needed to seek out and destroy pathogens. Supplementation, fortified foods and natural sunshine exposure for at least 15 minutes, 2 – 3 times a week will help to support adequate blood levels of vitamin D.  

Gastrointestinal health – Digestive health directly impacts your immune health, as your GI system is the headquarters for your immune system. A poorly functioning digestive system negatively influences the health of your immune and nervous systems and impacts hormonal health as well. Gastrointestinal immune cells secrete lymphocytes, which attack harmful pathogens. Beneficial intestinal microflora help prevent the overgrowth of harmful microbes, enhance the function of natural killer T cells and form a barrier to prevent germs or pathogens from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Supplements such as pre- and probiotics provide live strains of beneficial bacteria that offer significant support for optimal digestive and immune function.  

In addition to following these healthy tips, here are some great supplement choices for immune support:

Immune Support Packets
Immune Support Packets by Designs For Health – These twice daily packets provide a comprehensive formula of immune supportive herbs and nutrients to help build a strong defense during cold and flu season.
Bio-D-Mulsion by Biotics Research – This super absorbable emulsified liquid formula supplies 400 IU of vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol per drop.
Digest Gold™ W/ATPro
 Digest Gold by Enzymedica – This potent digestive enzyme formula is designed to support optimal digestive function, enhancing immune and overall health.

Our Customer’s 10 Favorite Supplements

favoritesBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

At Professional Supplement Center, we care about our customers and their health and wellness.  Nothing makes us happier than to have our products receive high praise and 5 star ratings from our customers.  Many of our customers report positive results, relief of symptoms and in some cases, through supplementation and lifestyle changes, elimination of  medications. 

Ortho Biotic by Ortho Molecular –  Our customers have given this probiotic a 5 star rating for its effectiveness, ease of use and value.  Many have found relief from symptoms associated with  dysbiosis, IBS, and candidiasis.  This once daily capsule contains a Propriety Blend of 20 billion CFU’s for maximum results and does not require refrigeration, making it a very convenient take along product. 

OmegaGenics EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics –  Our customers love the quality, purity and effectiveness of this highly concentrated product, which contains a healthy balance of omega-3 essential fatty acids obtained from cold water fish.  Produced in Norway in a pharmaceutical-licensed facility, this product supports brain, joint, heart and overall health. 

BioTears by BioSyntrx –  This highly effective product addresses the root cause and relieves symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome.  Recommended for effectiveness, our customers consider this product a must for a diagnosis of chronic dry eye.   

Cortisol Manager by Integrative Therapeutics –  Our customers report that this product is highly effective for stress reduction and effective sleep support.  This calming product addresses elevated cortisol levels and allows for a good night’s sleep while awaking refreshed and energized in the morning. 

Bio-D-Mulsion by Biotics ResearchThis liquid vitamin D3 is favorably rated by our customers as a very effective and easy to use product that is especially helpful for those with malabsorption issues. 

Meriva-SR Curcumin Phytosome by Thorne Research –  Our customer rated this product 5 stars for both effectiveness and value.  The potent antioxidant turmeric supports joint health, cardiovascular function and helps maintain a normal inflammatory response.  Our customers report relief from arthritic swelling and inflammation and are very satisfied with their results. 

Adaptocrine (k-2) by Apex Energetics –  Customers using this scientifically selected herbal adaptogen product report a noticeable increase in energy and endurance levels and more   balanced adrenal function.

Kavinace by NeuroScience –  Our customers highly recommend this product for those who have trouble relaxing and sleeping through the night.  This popular product promotes a restful night’s sleep, reduces anxiousness and supports healthy levels of GABA.

Natural D-Hist by Ortho Molecular –  Highly rated by our customers for sinus and seasonal allergy symptom relief.  This non-drowsy immune-balancing supplement supports sinus and nasal passage health naturally. 

Estrovera  by Metagenics –  This intensely researched and completely natural extract of rhubarb root has been clinically shown to dramatically reduce menopausal hot flashes and relieve other menopausal symptoms including irritability, sleep disturbances and exhaustion.  Highly recommended by our customers for effectiveness, ease of use and value.