Vitamin D is nicknamed "The Sunshine Vitamin" for good reason. Our skin converts the sun's rays into vitamin D. But unfortunately as a result of lack of sufficient body surface and time exposure, sunscreen lotion use and seasonal variations of sun intensity, over 85% of Americans suffer from sub-optimal Vitamin D levels. And dark skinned individuals have notoriously low levels, because the pigment in their skin blocks the sun's rays from generating sufficient Vitamin D.
Vitamin D may very well be the most important nutrient for your health overall. It interacts with over 200 genes contributing to gene expression, regulating some of the most important immune and metabolic processes of the human body. It is more of a pro-hormone/cell signaling molecule than a vitamin. In short, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the very best things that you can do to prevent disease and maintain optimal health.
COVID-19: Numerous studies from all over the world are touting Vitamin D levels as a key determinant as to the severity of outcomes from COVID-19. It has been known for many years that Vitamin D levels are protective from severe outcomes with acute respiratory viral infections. And that benefit seems to be holding true with COVID-19. You can read my article about this on my site at wellnessdoc.com. Go to Health Protection Strategies on the toolbar at the top of the home page.
While standard reference ranges often cite 30 ng/mL as sufficient, most experts on Vitamin D cite 50-70 ng/mL as the optimal range.
Once you receive your results, if your levels are sub-par, you can consult with your health care provider to get advice regarding a strategy to get your levels to the optimal range. If you want to consult with Dr. Palmer the WellnessDoc, simply reach out by using the "Contact us" tab at wellnessdoc.com.