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How Vitamin D Can Help Slash Your Risk of 7 Different Acute and Chronic Diseases

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  • New research into vitamin D’s beneficial impact on seven acute and chronic health problems is reviewed, including: waist-to-hip ratio (a potent risk factor for heart disease); type 2 diabetes; age-related macular degeneration; Alzheimer’s disease; tuberculosis; pneumonia; and epilepsy
  • The European Food Safety Authority has raised the RDA for vitamin D supplementation to levels far beyond American guidelines. New guidelines call for 4,000 IU’s/day for adults and children over the age of 11; 2,000 IU’s/day for children aged 1-10; and 1,000 IU’s for infants
  • The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D levels is through appropriate sun or safe tanning bed exposure. If you do opt for a supplement, make sure you’re taking vitamin D3 and not the synthetic D2, as the latter may actually do more harm than good, according to a recent analysis

By Dr. Mercola

When it comes to vitamin D research, there seems to be no end to the good news. No matter what ailment is being evaluated, vitamin D churns out positive results. Below, I'll review seven recent findings from the medical literature.

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