Vitamin D3 – Cholecalciferol
What is Vitamin D3?
Cholecalciferol, better known as Vitamin D3 is a critical nutrient that some medical professionals argue also possesses characteristics of a hormone.
Simply put, Vitamin D3 is the most potent, powerful and bio-available form of Vitamin D. It is far superior to ergocalciferol, better known as Vitamin D2.
Scientific research in recent years has demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that this particular form of Vitamin D, cholecalciferol, provides numerous and tremendous health benefits, and that these benefits increase as the amount of the nutrient being ingested (or absorbed through sunlight) increases.
Furthermore, multiple studies have confirmed that Vitamin D3 can be ingested in dosages far above those recommended by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) without any adverse side effects. The highest dose I recommend to patients is 50,000 IU (international units) not more than twice per week, or 5,000 IU daily.
There is an extremely small minority of individuals who may be hypersensitive to the nutrient. These individuals should consult their physician or pharmacist before starting any supplementation regimen.
Vitamin D3 Benefits
As for the benefits of Vitamin D3, the question is where to begin? For starters, it aids bone health and helps develop and maintain strong, healthy bones. D3 has a profound effect on the immune system, and some doctors even go so far as to advise that patients supplement with D3 instead of receiving a flu vaccination. In addition, it is believed that cholecalciferol may even help stave off some forms of cancer, and this is not even a complete list of the myriad of benefits offered by this nutrient. For example, Vitamin D3 also helps combat inflammation, which can help improve all-around health.
Vitamin D3 Deficiency
Vitamin D3 Deficiency on the other hand can have some serious consequences. In addition to rickets, which is well known, D3 Deficiency can also lead to high blood pressure, psoriasis, obesity and depression. As if that weren’t enough, other health maladies associated with one being deficient in this vital nutrient include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, kidney stones, osteoporosis, & neurodegenerative disease including Alzheimer’s Disease.
Needless to say, those are some pretty serious consequences for a deficiency of a nutrient that can be obtained simply by sunbathing in which sunlight makes direct contact with bare skin.
Vitamin D3 Sources
For those who for whatever reason cannot lay out in the sun a couple of times a week, there are dozens of foods containing vitamin d3. If you are a picky eater and cannot fathom yourself eating any of the foods on that list regularly, there’s always supplements. In other words, given all the health benefits of healthy Vitamin D3 levels and all the health maladies associated with D3 deficiency, and taking into account that you’ve got three different ways to obtain the nutrient — you’ve got no excuses for failing to make a point of getting enough of this miracle-vitamin.
If you’re interested in learning even more about this miraculous sunshine nutrient, check out this article entitled: Vitamin D3 – The Miracle of Sunshine. That article goes into extensive detail and covers pretty much all the bases regarding this ever-important vitamin.