It’s in the news: A new study is showing that vitamin D pills and calcium do not help protect bones from fractures.
This is huge news because it runs counter to what a lot of doctors, health care providers, and everybody else have been saying for a long time!
The Expert Opinion: This study (Primary Source) basically shows that a very specific group of people benefit from Vitamin D therapy. These are people who:
- Have a Vitamin D deficiency.
- Have autoimmune diseases like Celiac.
- Have inflammatory disease like Chron’s.
For the rest of the people, taking extra vitamin D pills did not seem to provide any added value.
Why this matters: If you’re concerned that you may need Vitamin D in your life, the best step is to actually go in and talk to your doctor. A simple blood test will let you know if you’re deficient in Vitamin D.
Otherwise, save your money and don’t take unnecessary Vitamin D.
Naturally, vitamin D can be found in foods like: cod liver oil, dairy and plant based milks, sardines, and more.
Expert Quote: (New York Times) “Providers should stop screening for 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels or recommending vitamin D supplements and people should stop taking vitamin D supplements in order to prevent major diseases or extend life,” wrote Dr. Steven R. Cummings, a research scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and Dr. Clifford Rosen, a senior scientist at the the Maine Health Institute for Research. Dr. Rosen is an editor at The New England Journal of Medicine.”
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