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What are some benefits of Vitamin D from Heliotherapy?
Researchers have found Vitamin D to have great potential benefits in many conditions; although they remain more or less speculative, they deserve a look see. Here are some benefited conditions.
Neuromuscular function –
Osteoporosis of course increases the risk of fractures. Falling often breaks bones, and vitamin D can improve with both brittle bones and fall breaks. A 2004 five randomized clinical trials concluded that vitamin D increase reduces the risk of falling by 22%; most of the participants were women. Who knows why that its, but it was an interesting observation. A 2006 study reported that a 700 IU increase produced a 46% reduction women falling but this was not observed in men.
The protection was greatest in the older women, who are less active; the difference between men and women may result from differences in physical activity, muscle size, or diet. The strange finding may be because vitamin D binds to receptors in muscles. This can cause improvements in strength and balance may account for the benefit.
Low Vitamin D levels have been shown to have a relationship to persistent and otherwise unexplained muscle and bone pain, and some patients have been helped by raising their level. There is a place for judicious sun therapy in this.
Several observational studies seems to have connected high consumption of vitamin D related to a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis. This might be a call for heliotherapy in such situations.
Vitamin D some say function as an important factor in vascular health. They associate osteoporosis with an higher coronary artery disease risk. This is particularly noted with low blood levels of vitamin D coronary artery calcification.
There have been animal studies concluding that vitamin D has a role in regulating blood pressure,but a 2005 Harvard analysis could not duplicate that link in humans. That study was done with artificial supplementation.
As research has shown with vitamin E that the natural form helped heart disease and the science lab “equivalent” did not work and even caused other problems. Could it be that natural vitamin D from the light of day work? The “equivalent” is not always equivalent.
Low levels of vitamin D appear related to an increased risk of stroke and congestive heart failure. There is some research that noted a reduction of inflammation with congestive heart failure.
Diabetes – Researchers relate that diabetes is helped in animals with animals. There is a protection function seen. A little natural sunlight certainly could not hurt as a preventative against diabetes, but who knows on this one.
Arthritis – The Framingham Heart Study data showed researchers that high levels of vitamin D corresponds to reduced risk of arthritis in the knee.
Lung Health – High vitamin D levels are connected to better lung function, a stronger immune system, and an enhanced ability to fight off certain infections, such as tuberculosis.
Psoriasis – Vitamin D treatments been approved to treat psoriasis.
All these vitamin D benefits seem to scream at us to GET SOME SUN, heliotherapy.