If you were to ask me which nutrient would make the biggest difference in your health on its own, I’d be hard-pressed to pick just one.
But among my top choices would be the vitamin you can get plenty of just by going outside: vitamin D, the so-called “sunshine” vitamin.
It’s rare to find anything that’s got so many health benefits and yet comes with no harmful side effects.
Try putting any prescription drug to that test!
But vitamin D can also make a huge difference in people’s health – because most of us are actually deficient in it.
And while we’ve known that a vitamin D deficiency can be a blow to both your immunity and your mood, a recent study shows that it’s also linked to a serious health concern that is killing people an alarmingly high rate.
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Sichuan University in China, conducted a trial on mice to test for a connection between vitamin D and metabolic syndrome.
And they found that the mice could NOT develop metabolic syndrome without ALSO having low vitamin D levels.
Metabolic syndrome is characterized by excess fat around the middle, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. It’s not technically a disease, but rather a perfect storm of risk factors that can put you on a path to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
And those are some of the top causes of death in the U.S.
As for vitamin D, the most natural way to get it is by exposing your skin to direct sunlight for 10 to 20 minutes a day. But with much of the country in a “deep freeze” lately, if you’re getting outdoors at all, you’re probably not showing a lot of skin.
So, a vitamin D supplement – I recommend 2,000 IU per day – will help make up the difference.
And while eating a lean diet may not be enough to combat metabolic syndrome on its own, neither will vitamin D if you’re still eating whatever you want. Instead, adopt a healthy diet like Paleo that restricts carbs and sugar while giving you plenty of filling proteins and other nutritious foods.
I also recommend supplementing with CoQ10, curcumin, and flaxseed, which are all powerful weapons against metabolic syndrome.
This, along with regular exercise and plenty of sleep, is enough to keep you out of the MetS red zone and on the road to a long, healthy life.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vitamin D improves gut flora and metabolic syndrome, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161221125439.htm