March 9, 2012

Can vitamin D slow macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s?

I’ve taken some heat in recent years for saying that just about everyone needs to take at least 5,000 IU of vitamin D every day. But almost everyone has a vitamin D deficiency. And the RDA of 600 IU isn’t enough to correct the deficiency. And this is important. People who are deficient have more health problems than those who aren’t. These problems include immunity issues, heart and memory problems, and cancer. But a new study says a deficiency also causes eye disease.

In this study, researchers gave mice vitamin D to middle-aged mice for 6 weeks. The vitamin lowered the toxic beta amyloid in their eyes and blood vessels. You might know beta amyloid as the protein that accumulates in Alzheimer’s disease. But it also collects in your eyes, causing macular degeneration.

The animals taking the vitamin D actually got better vision. The vitamin also reduced the number of macrophage cells. These cells are an essential part of your immune defense. But higher numbers can mean unwanted inflammation in your body. And we know inflammation contributes to Alzheimer’s and eye disease.

This study was on mice, not humans, so it may not be exactly on point with human macular degeneration. But it illustrates the importance of vitamin D to mammalian health. It also suggests that vitamin D could be useful to prevent the beta amyloid buildup we see in Alzheimer’s.

Continued Below...

How to beat almost any health problem... by rejuvenating every single cell in your body!

This European breakthrough can reverse the effects of aging in your body's cells. Studies show it leads to healthier cholesterol, a sharper memory, a stronger liver and more.

Click Here To Learn More

What’s interesting is that vitamin D, made by ultraviolet light striking your skin, helps your vision. Having macular degeneration is NOT a reason to stay out of the sun, nor is it a reason to block all UV (with UV blocking glasses) from reaching your eyes. My eye doctor mentor Ed Kondrot, MD, teaches that a lack of UV might be just as harmful to your eyes.

People today spend too much time indoors. God designed us to be in the sun, not inside all the time. If you can’t get outdoors, I suggest supplemental vitamin D, perhaps 5,000 IU. I’ve not seen anyone have problems with that dose of vitamin D, even with long-term use. You can order 5,000 IU tablets by following this link.

Ref: Neurobiology of Ageing. Published online January 4, 2012.

Soundview Communication, Inc.

If someone forwarded you this email, and you'd like to receive your own Second Opinion Health Alert, please sign up on our website:

We have a strict anti-spam policy. We know how important your privacy is to you. That's why we do not share your email address with anyone.

Click here to read our Privacy Policy

To contact us:
Second Opinion Newsletter
PO Box 8051
Norcross, GA 30091-8051

[email protected]

Second Opinion Health Alert is a complimentary e-mail service from Second Opinion Newsletter written by Dr. Frank Shallenberger.

To unsubscribe from future mailings, please follow this link to manage your email preferences.

Ready To Upgrade?

Upgrade now to a Second Opinion Newsletter Subscription so you don't miss out on the healthy, active life you deserve.

Plus, Get Up To 18 Free Reports When You Click Here To Upgrade Today!

Get A Free Copy Of This Powerful Report

Inside You'll Discover

► A little secret that not only relieves stress but can actually banish stress from your life!

► If you are exercising too hard to be healthy.

► And, an optimal exercise regimen to excerise smarter, not harder!

Enter your name and email to claim this free report and join our newsletter

Get Report!