Vitamin D has now been revealed as a significant hormone in the function of animals. This includes everything from fighting infection to preventing a host of chronic diseases. It has also been shown to have pathways on over 2700 genes or more than ten percent of our genome. With so many benefits, there is a huge disconnect in the medical profession that any one thing can be this significant to life. But if we pause and think about it, this hormone is produced in our skin after exposure to the sun. This is our connection to the sun or the energy source for the biomass of the earth.
With this understood the question becomes, what is our best benefit. I think that the best benefit is definitely as an infection fighter. Just small amounts have a significant impact on colds and the flu or any infection that is a result of viruses. Forget about all of the science studies and think how much healthier the population is in the summer as opposed to the winter. This can be directly linked to the amount of exposure to the sun. If you think about the last time you had a cold in the summer, it was most likely because you had not been exposed to the sun or it was not a viral infection. Do not get me wrong. Vitamin D fights other pathogens as well, but typically it requires higher levels of the hormone to effective.
Linus Pauling in his book, “How to Live Longer and Feel Better” argued that taking supplements was necessary to fight many diseases including the big three killers, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. His thought was the need in particular for vitamin C to help fight off these diseases and colds and the flu. He states that the less infections that you have during your life time, the probably for a longer healthier life exists. It is interesting how the medical community shunned him and his ideas on vitamins. How could this be for the only man that had two unshared Nobel Prizes? The science community eats its own when a member interferes with the opportunity to make money. The general comment of the medical community is ‘it is only vitamins’.
Think about your children for a minute. If you are sure that they are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D and vitamin C how unlikely they are to have colds, the flu, and yes asthma attacks. If you are a parent trying to get through these early years of exposure to a highly contagious environment then supplements are your best friend. Think about yourself. I have not had a cold since 2004 because of this combination of supplementation. Now in the winter, I have to be creative to come up with an excuse to not be at work. Sometimes I miss my colds for this reason and then I think of all the misery. You really do not need an excuse to take off from work for your ‘mental’ health.
Here is the best summary of the benefits of vitamin D and what levels to take to prevent colds and the flu. It is provided by Dr. Mercola. If you do not already receive his newsletter, then I encourage you to sign up as he provides a wealth of information. “The Vitamin That Can Cut Your Flu Risk in Half” Vitamin C and Vitamin D and its summer all year – Pandemic Survivor