High vitamin D intake is essential for protection against fractures

“It’s almost as if NOTHING works right without this stuff.”

That comment comes from Dr. Spreen. And the “stuff” he refers to is vitamin D.

And I could add, “Yes. Once again.” Because the rave reviews never stop with this indispensible nutrient.

Dr. Spreen sent his comment with information about a new study. Swiss researchers who specialize in aging issues, reviewed a dozen placebo-controlled studies. Each trial tested vitamin D supplements as a fracture preventive.

The 12 studies involved more than 31,000 subjects, all over the age of 65.

Results linked the highest D intake to a significant reduction of hip fracture risk. Risk of other fractures was reduced as well.

Now… How high is “highest intake?”

As usual, not high enough.

The average high intake for the 12 trials was 800 IU daily. Some subjects received as much as 2000 IU.

And yet, 2000 IU really just gets you started.

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 Dr. Wright believes that double that amount is necessary to effectively cut risk of cancer and other diseases.

For those who take a calcium supplement for bone health, I want to share a comment from one of the Swiss researchers… “Calcium supplements without vitamin D have been reported to increase the risk of hip fracture.”

And that brings us back to Dr. Spreen’s comment… “It’s almost as if NOTHING works right without this stuff.”

It’s good stuff!

“High Vitamin D Doses Lower Fracture Risk for Most Vulnerable” Diedtra Henderson, Medscape, 7/4/12, medscape.com

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