Another nutrient proves vital for a long, high-quality life

October 29, 2012
Volume 2    |   Issue 85
Back in July, I showed you how a bone supplement can help you live longer. In a study on strontium, researchers found that the nutrient clearly helps people live longer with a much higher quality of life. Now there’s more evidence coming out that another nutrient can have a similar impact – and it works for those over the age of 70.

In this new study, researchers wanted to see if vitamin D and calcium helped people over the age of 70 live longer. As you may know, vitamin D and calcium are crucial nutrients for your bones. And this study found that taking the two nutrients together decreases your risk of dying early.

The researchers, from Aarhus University in Denmark, looked at data from eight different randomized, controlled trials. These studies followed over 70,000 people with a median age of 70. In each of these studies, the researchers asked the participants to take either vitamin D alone or vitamin D with calcium. What they found is surprising.

When the team of researchers compiled all the data, they found that the people who took vitamin D and calcium were about 7% less likely to die early than people who didn’t take the combination. While the study was on both nutrients, it was apparent the real benefit came from vitamin D. The surprising part of their discovery was that the mortality benefit didn’t come from the participants experiencing fewer fractures. Here’s why that’s important.

In my report on strontium, it was clear that the benefit came from fewer bone fractures. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen decline in health rapidly after suffering a bone fracture in their later years. The toll these fractures take on your health is often extremely difficult (and even impossible in some cases) to recover from. So preventing fractures is vital for staying healthy as you age.

However, this study shows that there’s another mechanism to prevent early death. Because vitamin D helps you live longer separate from your bone health, we now have two ways to protect your quality of life – and help you live longer. In my book, more ways to help us live longer and better are always welcome.

Unfortunately, the researchers in this study didn’t know why vitamin D helped the participants live longer. They suggested it could be through cardiac health. If that’s the case, then the benefit comes largely from vitamin D and not the calcium. Other studies have shown that taking too much calcium is detrimental to your heart and arteries (think calcified arteries). We know that vitamin D does benefit your cardiovascular system. But it also helps so many other parts of your body (including your bones) that it’s hard to attribute its mortality benefit to one area.

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One thing is clear, though, taking vitamin D is vital for good health and long life. So make sure you’re taking plenty of vitamin D (most people need 5,000 IU daily) every day. You can order a high-quality vitamin D product by following this link.

Your Insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


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