I bet you know Vitamin D as the “sunshine” vitamin and that it’s necessary for strong bones and teeth along with calcium, but did you know that Vitamin D deficiency can accelerate the aging process?
According to Dr. Rhonda Patrick, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey says that 70% of the US population is deficient in Vitamin D.
She recently spoke at Paleo(fx) in Austin, TX and there is a YouTube video of her talk which I listened to.
It’s fascinating and I recommend it if you are into watching this sort of stuff.
Here is what she says about Vitamin D and how it relates to aging:
- Increases the expression of genes that are involved in repairing damaged DNA (it lowers DNA damage and damage to DNA will age you)
- Increases expression of Anti-Inflammatory genes
- Decreases expression Pro-Inflammatory genes (Vitamin D lowers inflammation.)
According to Dr. Josh Axe “Chronic inflammation also increases with age, which is why systemic inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, such as leaky gut, can be an early sign of aging.”
Have your Vitamin D levels checked and ask your doctor if your levels are “optimal for good health or just enough.”
If it turns out that you need a supplement, look for a liquid Vitamin D that contains Vitamin K and ask your health care provider for more details.