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Sunshine, Sunscreen and Vitamin D

SunshineVitaminDJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The primary role of vitamin D is the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, however the health of the immune, brain, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, and muscular systems also depend on the support of vitamin D. As an aid to diabetes management, vitamin D helps to regulate insulin levels. It also influences genetic expression in cancer development, and may have protective effects against depression, insomnia, and other diseases or conditions. Studies show that up to 50% of adults and children worldwide may be deficient in vitamin D.

Causes of deficiency can include inadequate sun exposure, sunscreen use, seasonal sunlight shortages, skin tone, obesity, malabsorption, aging, decreased outdoor activity, certain pharmaceuticals, and residential location. Vitamin D insufficiency can lead to a loss of bone density, increased risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis. Deficiency is tentatively linked to metabolic disease, hypertension, upper respiratory tract infections, and increased cardiac events.

Research suggests that It can take as little as 10 – 30 minutes of twice weekly unprotected midday sun exposure for the body to synthesize vitamin D3. This begins with skin exposure to solar ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, which allows provitamin D found in the skin to be converted into pre-vitamin D3. Gradually, after further conversion in the liver and the kidneys, a useable form of vitamin D3 circulates in the blood stream. Yet the sun’s rays are a major risk factor for nonmelanoma and malignant melanoma skin cancers, and cumulative solar UV rays result in photoaging of the skin.

Not everyone agrees that complete avoidance of sun exposure benefits overall health, as this results in low levels of this important nutrient. There are limited dietary sources of vitamin D, such as fatty fish, liver, and cod liver oil, as well as fortified foods. However, most dermatologists agree that the regular use of sunscreen is the best way to protect against the harms of unprotected sun exposure.

Health benefits of vitamins D may include:

-Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and regulation and the maintenance of blood levels of phosphorus, both extremely important for maintaining healthy bones.

-Inadequate levels of vitamin D can lead to muscle weakness and loss of optimal muscle function. Research shows that supplementation can be effective in preventing falls in adults over 65 years of age.

-Vitamin D is important for regulating cell growth and for cellular communication. Studies suggest that vitamin D may reduce cancer progression by slowing the development and growth of new blood vessels in cancerous tissues, increasing cancer cell death, and reducing cell proliferation.

-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.

If you have concerns about sensible sun exposure or have a history of skin cancer, supplementation is the safest, most 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. Your healthcare provider can recommend optimal amounts for you based upon your own personal health status, or your 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test levels.

Consider taking vitamin K2 along with vitamin D3, as these two nutrients work synergistically to strengthen your bones and improve your health. Because all chronic conditions are multifactorial, it’s important to obtain adequate levels of all nutrients to support optimal heath and function, and reduce the risk of developing chronic health conditions.

If you are pregnant, nursing or taking blood thinning medications, please consult your healthcare provider before supplementing with vitamins D3 and K2.

Professional Supplement Center carries many fine brands for vitamin D supplementation as well as high quality sunscreen products:

Single Tests in...Single Tests in Blood Spot Vitamin D 25-OH, Total by ZRT Laboratory: This spot blood test provides a simple, convenient and accurate way to measure levels of vitamins D2 and D3. The kit includes all necessary tools for collecting the blood sample, as well as a pre-paid U.S. shipping label to send the sample off to the lab for analysis. The kit includes a 15 minute in person or phone consult with our Registered Nurse to review your results.

Bio-D-Mulsion ForteBio-D-Mulsion Forte® by Biotics Research: One drop supplies 2000 IU of highly absorbable vitamin D3 in micro-emulsified form designed to be helpful for those with malabsorption issues. Gluten free.

 

Vitamin D3 1000 IUVitamin D3 1000 IU by Pure Encapsulations: One capsule provides 1000 IU of vitamin D3 in support of bone health and calcium absorption. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

D3 2000D3 2000™ by NuMedica: One daily softgel provides 2000 IU of natural bioidentical vitamin D3 as highly absorbable cholecalciferol. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, dairy and artificial ingredient free.

 

Vitamin D 5,000 IU ...Vitamin D 5000 IU by Douglas Laboratories: One tablet supplies 5000 IU of vitamin D3 in support of calcium absorption, bone metabolism, neuromuscular and immune health and a healthy inflammatory response. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, dairy and artificial ingredient free.

 

Liquid Vitamin D3 ...Liquid Vitamin D3 2000 IU by Protocol for Life Balance: One serving provides 2000 IU of natural vitamin D3 preserved with medium chain triglycerides. Gluten, wheat, and soy free.

 

Very Emollient...Very Emollient Sunscreen Pure Lavender SPF 45 by Alba Botanica®: This lightly scented, fast- absorbing sun lotion provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Water resistant, paraben, phthalate, and oxybenzone free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Cool Sport Face &...Cool Sport™ Face & Neck SPF 30 Sunscreen by Kiss My Face: This fragrance free, water resistant broad spectrum sun lotion offers Antioxidant Defenders® to protect and freshen skin. Gluten, paraben, phthalate, and artificial ingredient free. Vegan friendly.

 

References:
Does Chronic Sunscreen Use Reduce Vitamin D Production to Insufficient Levels? http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/713721_2
6 things you should know about vitamin D. http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/6-things-you-should-know-about-vitamin-d
Little Sunshine Mistakes that Can Give You Cancer Instead of Vitamin D. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/26/maximizing-vitamin-d-exposure.aspx
Getting Enough Vitamin D. http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/getting-enough-vitamin-d/
Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts#general
Sun Protection AND Vitamin D. http://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/vitamin-d/damage
Sunscreen may cause vitamin D deficiency, says study. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317278.php

A Word About Blood Pressure

BloodPressureJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

Blood pressure is vital for keeping the entire body supplied with life sustaining oxygen, nutrients and energy. Measured by two numbers, blood pressure is actually the force of blood against our artery walls, as blood circulates throughout the body. The upper systolic number is the measurement of force against the artery walls when the heart contracts. The lower diastolic number shows the pressure on the artery walls when the heart relaxes between beats. In general, a healthy blood pressure reading is considered to be below 120/80 mm Hg. A reading of 120-139/80-89 is considered high normal or pre-hypertension. Stage 1 hypertension begins at 140/90, Stage 2 at 160/100.  Any number above 180/110 is considered a crisis requiring emergency treatment, as blood vessel damage resulting from high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and premature death.

Approximately one in three or almost 70 million American adults have high blood pressure or hypertension. As blood pressure gradually increases with age, it’s important to know your blood pressure levels. Many with dangerously high levels often have no noticeable warning signs or symptoms. The 2013 guidelines for treatment of hypertension for people over age 60 suggest medication to lower blood pressure if and when blood pressure reaches 150/90. As it’s normal for blood pressure to fluctuate by 30 – 40 points throughout the day, one reading is insufficient for a diagnosis of hypertension. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage your kidneys, eyes, brain and the lining of the blood vessels.

Those diagnosed with hypertension should also be checked for diabetes and high cholesterol, as many people with high blood pressure also have other risks factors for heart disease and stroke, mainly attributed to unhealthy lifestyle habits. Fortunately, high blood pressure is not inevitable for everyone, especially for those who follow a healthy lifestyle. While certain risk factors for hypertension, such as family history, age, gender and race, are not within our control, there are controllable risk factors that can help keep blood pressure levels within a healthy range. According to the National Institutes of Health, the majority of people who lead healthy lifestyles do not suffer from hypertension.

Alarmingly, a recent NIH-funded analysis of more than 14,000 young adults showed that 19% of men and women between the ages of 24 and 32 have high blood pressure, possibly attributed to a high salt diet, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and genetics.

Regular exercise, weight control and a healthy eating plan, such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet are the first line of defense against developing high blood pressure:

Exercise to maintain blood pressure and insulin levels. The Mayo Clinic considers exercise a drug-free approach to lowering and controlling blood pressure. While it can take one to three months for exercise to positively impact blood pressure, regular exercise strengthens the heart so it can pump more efficiently, decreasing the force on the arteries and lowering systolic blood pressure by as much as 11 points. Exercise helps to stabilize blood pressure that is already within the normal range and can help prevent blood pressure from rising with age. Regular exercise also helps to maintain a healthy weight, further contributing to blood pressure control.

Eating real food will not only help to maintain blood pressure, it will improve overall health. The DASH diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, lower-fat dairy, and moderate amounts of whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts, seeds, legumes and healthy fats.  A diet rich in vegetables and fruits provides phytonutrients for healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular health support. As we age, our sense of taste may fade and some tend to use more, not less, salt. While there is controversy over how much dietary sodium is ideal, those with high blood pressure should monitor their sodium intake, as salty foods can raise blood pressure. For those with hypertension and those over age 50, federal guidelines recommend a maximum of 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

Optimize vitamin D levels to raise the level of nitric oxide on your skin, which helps to open blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, arterial stiffness, impaired vascular function and coronary heart disease. In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, normalizing vitamin D levels may effectively help normalize blood pressure levels.

It is estimated that up to 80% of the population may be deficient in magnesium, a mineral important to healthy blood pressure and cardiac function. Known to be important for heart health, magnesium has been prescribed for those with heart disease for decades. One study of people with hypertension found significant decreases in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure after taking a magnesium supplement for three months. As calcium is also known to help stabilize blood pressure and works in tandem with magnesium, those who wish to support their heart, blood vessel and blood pressure health, should consider supplementing with both calcium and magnesium.

Grape seed extract contains high levels of polyphenols, which help to increase the blood levels of antioxidants. Researchers have found that grape seed extract may help to support cardiovascualar health, including healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels and a normal inflammatory response.

As stress is known to raise blood pressure, use strategies to manage stress. Adequate sleep, meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises or massage are all techniques that help to lower stress. Work to efficiently manage your time to further lower your stress level. Be mindful of stressful situations and make changes where you can to lower your stress response and keep blood pressure steady.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality product for support of cardiovascular health and energy production.

Perfusia-SR (SA525) by Thorne Research

Perfusia-SR® by Thorne Research – This sustained release formula provides L-arginine, an amino acid that supports optimal blood flow and cardiovascular health, and promotes nitric oxide production, resulting primarily in blood vessel relaxation. Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.

Grape Seed Extract 100 mg by Now FoodsGrape Seed Extract 100 mg by Now Foods30% OFF! This highly concentrated natural extract supports vascular health and a healthy response to biological stress. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

 

 

Reacted Magnesium 235 mg by Ortho MolecularReacted Magnesium by Ortho Molecular – This product supplies a fully bioavailable chelated form of magnesium to support cardiovascular health and energy production. Gluten and soy free formulation.

 

 

Vitamin D3 1000 IU by Pure EncapsulationsVitamin D3 1000 IU by Pure Encapsulations – This formula provides support for cardiovascular, immune, bone and colon health and promotes intestinal calcium and phosphorus absorption. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

 

Pantothenic Acid 500 mg (7919-) by Douglas LaboratoriesPantothenic Acid 500 mg by Douglas Laboratories – Also known as vitamin B5, this coenzyme formula is essential for energy production and the metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

 

References:
Things you need to know about blood pressure and hypertension. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2560868/
3 Things to Know About the New Blood Pressure Guidelines. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/3-things-to-know-about-the-new-blood-pressure-guidelines/
Exercise: A drug-free approach to lowering blood pressure. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045206
Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/hbp_low.pdf
DASH diet: Healthy eating to lower your blood pressure. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/dash-diet/art-20048456
How to Normalize Your Blood Pressure. http://www.dietdoctor.com/blood-pressure
7 ways to keep stress – and blood pressure – down. http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/7-ways-to-keep-stress-and-blood-pressure-down
Stress and Blood Pressure. http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/7-ways-to-keep-stress-and-blood-pressure-down

Vitamin D – Are You Deficient?

Vitamin D..By Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Vitamin D’s best known role is aiding the intestinal absorption of calcium, necessary for bone health including bone growth and remodeling.  Would it surprise you to learn that vitamin D has many other roles in the human body?  Many of the body’s tissues contain vitamin D receptors, including the heart and prostate, blood vessels, muscles and the endocrine glands.  Vitamin D is involved in cell growth modulation, neuromuscular and immune function and the reduction of inflammation.  It might also surprise you to learn that the active form of vitamin D functions as a hormone.  Currently, there are at least 200 genes that are known to respond to vitamin D.  Vitamin D breaks the rules for all other vitamins in that it is produced by the human body. 

Sunlight exposure, specifically ultraviolet B energy, converts the precursor to vitamin D3 in combination with naturally present cholesterol produced by the skin.  Vitamin D3 is then processed by the liver and the kidneys into an active usable form.  Approximately 10 minutes per day of direct mid-day sunlight exposure is all that is needed to produce vitamin D.  However, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends using three sources to ensure sufficient blood  levels of vitamin D.  These include adequate sunlight exposure, fortified foods and supplementation.

Some of the roles of vitamin D are believed to include:

Immune function:  Low levels of vitamin D are believed to compromise immune function.  T-lymphocyte cells, the killer cells of the immune system, require vitamin D for activation.  When T cells detect a foreign pathogen, they activate a signaling device known as a vitamin D receptor.  Without sufficient vitamin D, mobilization of T cells does not occur.  T cells that activate successfully become either killer cells that attack and destroy pathogenic cells, or they become helper cells, which enable the body to recognize and remember the pathogen, effectively building immunity against a future encounter. 

Bone health:  Vitamin D facilitates calcium absorption by influencing calcium-binding proteins, allowing calcium from foods to be better absorbed.  Due to the increased absorption of calcium, parathyroid hormones (PTH) levels are better regulated.  When adequate levels of calcium are not maintained, increased levels of PTH lead to leaching of calcium out of the bone matrix, resulting in decreased bone strength.  Vitamin D works to increase bone strength by mediating the incorporation of calcium into the bone matrix, strengthening bone fibers. 

Cancer prevention: Vitamin D helps to regulate cell proliferation by promoting cellular differentiation.  It plays a role in the decreased proliferation of cells and their maturation.  Cells that reproduce quickly are at a greater risk of developing mutations.  Studies suggest that vitamin D helps prevent unrestrained cell multiplication by reducing cell division, restricting blood tumor supply, increasing the death rate of cancer cells and limiting their spread. 

Cardiovascular health:  Osteoporosis is linked to an increased risk of coronary artery disease.  Low blood levels of vitamin D are linked to increased coronary artery calcification, and increased risk of stroke and congestive heart failure. 

Autoimmune disease:  Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.  Vitamin D is also known as an immunomodulator.  It helps to regulate the function of lymphocytes, cytokines and macrophage activity.  Its role in immune function may aid in the prevention of autoimmune diseases when adequate serum levels are maintained. 

Diabetes:  Vitamin D plays a role in the secretion of insulin where increased levels of insulin are required.  Deficiencies of vitamin D are found to a large degree in people with poorly managed type 2 diabetes and correlates with the presence of cardiovascular disease in diabetics. 

Lifestyle factors and the environment have contributed to vitamin D deficiencies in up to 75% of the U.S. population.  Increasingly, those deficits are being blamed for many health concerns including osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  Factors that influence vitamin D uptake include aging, skin pigmentation, sunlight exposure, location, obesity, diet, metabolic abnormalities, liver dysfunction, kidney disease and exclusively breast fed infants.  Populations at high risk for deficiency include the elderly, adolescents, darker skinned people, obese people and those with limited sun exposure. 

Highly bioavailable formulas for vitamin D supplementation include: 

Vitamin D3 1000 IU by Pure Encapsulations provides 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 in support of bone health, calcium absorption, immune cell activity and healthy cell metabolism. 

D3 1000 by Metagenics  supplies 1,000 IU of bioactive vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol to aid in bone strength maintenance and in support of cardiovascular and immune health. 

Vitamin D Liquid (D168) by Thorne Research  provides 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 in liquid form for easy dosing. 

Vitamin D 1,000 IU (83007) by Douglas Laboratories  provides 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 for osteo and general health support.