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Vitamin D Again Lauded; This Time for Preventing Infection

The health benefits of vitamin D are once again making headlines.

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Oregon State University researchers studying vitamin D’s role in infection prevention have found that vitamin D dramatically reduces the number of disease-causing bacteria in skin wounds, offering protection against infection, according to Central Oregon’s NBC/CW affiliate KTVZ.

But before you start dosing yourself, it’s important to know which type to take and what other supplements work best with vitamin D.

Vitamin K2, important for proper blood clotting, works synergistically with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D to give you a number of important health benefits. Those benefits include preventing osteoporosis and heart disease, optimizing sexual function, reducing your risk of diabetes and cancer, improving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis and more.

Vitamin K2 supplementation has also shown evidence of reducing vertebral fractures by 60% and hip and other nonvertebral fractures by 80%.

As to which type of vitamin D to take, go with vitamin D3, not D2.

Since vitamin D2 is derived from plants, and D3 from animal products, many people assume D2 is the best. However, researchers have found vitamin D3 to be twice as effective when compared to D2.

Many people, especially in harsh winter climate areas where sunlight can be scarce, have low levels of vitamin D.  Because it’s not a vitamin your body produces, it must be attained from an outside source via sunlight, food or supplementation.

Vitamin D3 also plays a vital role in protecting your endothelium — which lines your entire circulatory system — and repairing any damage inflicted by chronic disease on this unique organ system. Your endothelium can be damaged by serious health conditions such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and insulin resistance.

The presence of vitamin D3 may also trigger nitric oxide, a molecule known to play an important signaling role in controlling blood flow, and can significantly reduce oxidative stress in your vascular system, which can prevent the development and/or progression of cardiovascular disease.

If you haven’t checked your vitamin D level in the past six months, you now have another reason to do so — to protect your heart and decrease your risk of heart disease.

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