Yes, dietary supplements may give you "expensive urine," but also significant disease protection

I ain’t sayin’ she’s a gold-digger…

Really? They can’t come up with anything new?

If I hear this ridiculous argument one more time, my head might explode. I’m sure you’ve heard it too…

“The only sure thing about dietary supplements is they give you expensive urine.”

That oh-so-clever little quip always reveals a lot about the person who speaks it. It’s a very lazy thing to say. They’re just parroting what they’ve heard from someone else. And they haven’t bothered to do their homework.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen many studies proving supplements work. Just today, I found a great example showing the health benefits you get from vitamin D.

You know, along with all that “expensive urine.”

Remarkable protection

Vitamin D studies? Oh, we’re waist deep in them.

In just the past couple of years, we’ve seen that vitamin D supplements help diabetics control blood sugar. In other studies, D reduced risk of flu among schoolchildren, and even reduced muscle pain caused by statin drug use.

In the newest D research, it did exactly what drug makers WISH statin drugs could do.

The study included nearly 10,900 subjects. The average age was 58, and 70 percent of them were vitamin D deficient.

Over more than five years, the research team linked D deficiency to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. In this group, overall mortality was almost 165% higher compared to subjects with good D levels.

Researchers also found that vitamin D supplements reduced heart and diabetes risk, and “conferred substantial survival benefit.”

Researchers noted that the Institute of Medicine RDA for vitamin D is 600 IU. Based on their study, they believe this is too low. They say 1,000 to 2,000 IU daily is more appropriate.

Agreed – 600 IU is much too low.

But 2,000 is still not quite enough.

Keep in mind that your body produces at least 10,000 IU of vitamin D in just 30 minutes of full exposure to sunlight. That’s why Dr. Jonathan Wright recommends a minimum of 5,000 IU daily. And that’s just for starters. Dr. Wright believes that double that amount is necessary to cut risk of cancer and other diseases.

The Kansas team didn’t discuss supplement specifics. But as I’ve said before, you should only supplement with a good quality vitamin D3. That’s the same form of the vitamin your body produces after sunlight exposure.

D3 usually doesn’t cost a lot, so I can’t promise how “expensive” your urine will be.

Sources: 
“Vitamin D Deficiency and Supplementation and Relation to Cardiovascular Health” American Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 109, No. 3, 2/1/12, ajconline.org

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