Friday, January 23, 2009

Vitamin D Deficiency & Dementia, etc.

It's hard to look at nutritional science without seeing a slew of new articles on the value of vitamin D and how deficiencies contribute to aging, autoimmune diseases, osteroporosis/osteopenia, cancer, and just about every other disease.

Here's what I saw today: A new large-scale senior population study has found that a lack of vitamin D in the elderly could be linked to cognitive impairment. The study, conducted on almost 2,000 adults over the age of 65, is the first of its scale to identify this relationship, and prompted researchers to suggest vitamin D supplementation as a possible means of reducing the risk of dementia.

Folks with the lowest vitamin D levels were four times more likely to suffer from dementia. The researchers pondered whether the low levels were causative or merely correlated. My take? Take supplemental vitamin D (D3 that is).

Our Vitamin D3 is a good deal at $2.98 (and it comes fully tested), in case you're interested and don't mind a biased recommendation! :-)

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