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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vitamin D has emerged as the star of the vitamin world

Dr. Mercola

In recent years vitamin D has emerged as a star of the “vitamin” world. Vitamin D deficiency is a growing epidemic across the world and is contributing to many chronic debilitating diseases. Optimizing your vitamin D levels can cut your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, writes Dr Mercola.

The Astonishing Power of Vitamin D to Transform Your Health

Vitamin D influences more than 200 genes. This includes genes related to cancer and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin D affects your DNA through the vitamin D receptors (VDRs), which bind to specific locations of the human genome.  Reuters reports:

“Vitamin D deficiency is a well-known risk factor for rickets, and some evidence suggests it may increase susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, as well as certain cancers and even dementia.”   
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Additional resources:  Learn about Vitamin D @ Wikipedia.

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