For many years, I have been relaying the importance of getting sufficient vitamin D3 in order to keep the immune system strong and protective. Now comes an article in the April 2015 issue from Dr. Blaylock's Wellness Report that confirms what I have been telling our readers for all these years:
“Vitamin D3 is actually not a true vitamin, but a hormone. However, for the sake of clarity, I will refer to it as a vitamin. Most of the vitamin D3 we get is generated by an interaction of the sun’s UV rays with chemicals in our skin. Very little comes from our diet. “One of the major functions of vitamin D is modulation of the immune system. It does this by producing a series of antibiotic-like compounds (called antimicrobial peptides) that kill infectious organisms. Vitamin D3 also keeps the immune system from overreacting, which is a major cause of death from infections….. “Recent studies have shown that vitamin D3 deficiency is extremely common because of the use of sun block and the wearing of hats and other sun-shielding clothing. Dark-skinned people have very low levels of vitamin D3, putting them at higher risk of infections and complications from infections (and vaccines). “Combined with urban crowding, poor sanitation, poor personal hygiene, and exposure to high levels of particulate matter from automobile engines, vitamin D3 deficiency is a formula for out of control infections….. “Pregnant women should supplement with at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 throughout their pregnancy and during breast-feeding; newborns can be given at least 500 IU of vitamin D3. Small children can take 1,000 IU a day. “Adults should have their blood vitamin D3 levels checked. If the reading is below 25 ng/mL, they should take 10,000 IU a day for two weeks, and 5,000 IU a day after starting their supplementation. Optimal vitamin D3 levels are 65 to 75 ng/mL but not more than 100 ng/mL.”The Blaylock Wellness Report is a monthly publication of Newsmax Media, Inc., and Newsmax.com available by paid subscription. Learn more about Dr. Blaylock and how to subscribe.