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While vitamin D deficiency is often thought of as a winter problem, it’s actually a year round issue. Even during summer months, most people are still deficient in the sunshine vitamin.
Those living in northern states and northern Europe struggle to get enough sunshine every season. And those living in sunny climates typically cover up with sunscreen in summer making it impossible to make enough vitamin D.
Studies suggest that inadequate levels of vitamin D affect all ages, all ethnicities and during every season of the year.
In a study published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal), researchers reviewed 25 controlled trials on the efficacy of vitamin D on respiratory tract infection and concluded that, “Vitamin D supplementation was safe and it protected against acute respiratory tract infection overall.”
Low vitamin D levels are linked to higher rates of many diseases AND lower rates of survival when diagnosed. Those with higher vitamin D levels have lower incidences of disease and improved recovery outcomes.
In one such study published in Anticancer Research, researchers reported that breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to survive their cancer, compared to women with lower levels.
Vitamin D levels are such a concern most doctors will now offer to test blood levels as part of a checkup. While there is debate on the optimal blood level, many health practitioners recommend aiming for a level of 40 ng/ml or more.
To achieve healthy levels of vitamin D, supplementation is a must.
Unfortunately, vitamin D is not found in many foods. When it is listed, it’s typically a chemical isolate that has been added. This chemical vitamin D is made from irradiated lamb’s wool, hardly a nutritious source.
So how can you give your vitamin D levels a healthy boost without moving closer to the equator for year round sunshine?
There is ONE plant that makes vitamin D the same way humans do. When exposed to sunlight, this superfood makes a highly stable form of vitamin D, which you can readily absorb.
Specially cultivated in certified organic conditions, this mushroom features a highly concentrated form of vitamin D2, which studies show is as well absorbed as vitamin D3.
Beyond vitamin D, there’s much more to mushrooms! The medicinal properties of mushrooms are documented extensively for:
Agaricus mushroom is a rich source of vitamins B2, B3, B6 and B7 and also comes with beta-glucans which strengthen natural immunity.
Vitamin D is best absorbed with calcium.
But before you reach for a calcium supplement to take with vitamin D, know that some calcium supplements are associated with a higher risk of heart issues.
The healthiest form of calcium comes from plants.
That means you’ll want to take your vitamin D with mineral-rich greens such as organic spinach and organic parsley for optimal nutrition.
If you find greens difficult to digest, look for one with plant-based enzymes to help enhance absorption. Probiotics are also renowned to cultivate good gut health and banish digestive discomfort.