Low Vitamin D
Why Calcium? Why Vitamin D3?
Every time we turn on the radio we hear that calcium is good for you. All foods are being stuffed with calcium. Television is also full of the same advertising telling us that calcium is good for us, but no one will tell us why, other than it makes us healthy. But how??? And Why???
Also, if indeed calcium is so good for us, then its biological partner, Vitamin d, must be just as good, but no one has been extolling the virtues of vitamin d until just recently. One thing for sure is that the American public needs to be told in simple terms why and how these nutrients make us healthy and how low vitamin d is causing us great harm.
The answer, ironically, is indeed simple. First, there is more calcium in the human body than any other mineral. It is involved in hundreds of biological functions crucial to life. Excess calcium is stored in the bones to replenish calcium levels when the body is calcium deficient in order to perform its crucial biological functions. However, to maintain health, this bone calcium must be replaced, and unfortunately, calcium is one of the hardest minerals for the body to absorb. So where should you get your calcium?
Of course in the beginning it is mother’s milk from which much of her immunity to disease is also transferred to the infant. Then, because we are not animals who will eat bushels of calcium rich grass, most of us get our calcium from cows’ milk but as we get older we drink less and less milk and many of us shy away from dairy products, meaning that our bones slowly become depleted in calcium.
But that is not all that happens. When the body has adequate calcium, it has an ability to ward off disease and to maintain youth. Wow!! That is a big claim and fortunately, it has all been proven by the scientific community, as can be seen in the chapter on scientific quotations in Bob’s book called Barefoot on Vitamin D.
The human intestine is lined with human vitamin d receptors known as VDR’s. These VDR’s are also present in the bone and kidney as well as in the parathyroid glands. When the VDR’s are full of vitamin-D (about 5000 iu of vitamin d is required for this) then the intestine is capable of absorbing 2000% more calcium. “VDR’s are also found in the melanoma cells, breast carcinoma cells and osteo-sarcoma cells where vitamin d inhibits the proliferation of cancer as well as in the pancreas where vitamin d enhances the production of insulin; in the heart muscle where vitamin d enhances ventricular contractility; and in many other organs where it plays a crucial biological role.” The American Public must be made aware of the 1-2 punch provided by the biological Partners Calcium and Vitamin D and the scientific fact that they must be taken in conjunction with one another.