Life Extension, Age Reversal With Vitamin D As #1 Nutrient
"Six 'Grow Younger' Nutrients I Take Every Day" By Joseph Mercola
Date: 12/2/2012 10:48:56 PM ( 9 y ) ... viewed 3802 times
What's your Vitamin D level? If you don't know then it is recommended that you have that checked. Statistics show that the levels are typically low and may need supplementation.
When I first tested (close to 10 years ago) my levels were low. I added cod liver oil and the levels began to raise. Then after reading-up more on D3 I wanted to maximize my levels and I switched from cod liver oil to a D3 serum that has been most effective! However, Vitamin D supplementation needs to be balanced with Vitamin A as they work best in synergy with each other. (See: Wise Traditions Volume 13 Number 14 - the Winter 2012 issue that features Chris Masterjohn, PhD: Nutritional Adjuncts to the Fat-Solable Vitamins.
I might switch back to cod-liver oil (for the inclusion of Vitamin A) and then see if my high D levels are holding well.
"In one study of more than 2,000 women, those with higher vitamin D levels were found to have fewer aging-related changes in their DNA, as well as lowered inflammatory responses (iii). Women with higher levels of vitamin D are more likely to have longer telomeres, and vice versa. This means that people with higher levels of vitamin D may actually age more slowly than people with lower levels of vitamin D.
Your leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is a predictor for aging related diseases. As you age, your LTL's become shorter, but, if you suffer from chronic inflammation, your telomeres decrease in length much faster, because your body's inflammatory response accelerates leukocyte turnover. Your vitamin D concentrations also decrease with age, whereas your C-reactive protein (a mediator of inflammation) increases. This inverse double-whammy increases your overall risk of developing autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The good news is that vitamin D is a potent inhibitor of your body's inflammatory response, and by reducing inflammation, you diminish your turnover of leukocytes, effectively creating a positive chain reaction that can help protect you against a variety of diseases. In essence, it protects your body from the deterioration of aging. Researchers have found that subsets of leukocytes have receptors for the active form of vitamin D (D3), which allows the vitamin to have a direct effect on these cells. This may also explain the specific connection between vitamin D and autoimmune disease.":
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