You probably already know that vitamin D is great for your heart. It can stop heart disease and prevent heart attacks. And you probably know that vitamin D is great for your bones. So it won't surprise you when I tell you that vitamin D is great for your teeth. What may surprise you, though, is that vitamin D also can prevent gum disease.
In a recent study, researchers evaluated the blood tests of 6,700 adults. The blood tests measured their vitamin D status. The researchers also gave each of them dental exams. People in the highest 20% for vitamin D levels were 20% less likely to have gum disease than people in the lowest quintile.
Vitamin D might improve dental health through its anti-inflammatory action. The vitamin also regulates calcium, which may protect the bones in the jaw and the teeth as well.
We've known for a few years that vitamin D deficiencies are a major contributing factor for heart disease. So it makes sense that it would protect against gum disease, which is often connected to heart disease.
So make sure you're taking plenty of Vitamin D3. Make sure it's D3 and not D2. Vitamin D2 is synthetic and not nearly as effective as its natural sibling. I recommend up to 5,000 IU daily, unless low test levels indicate the need for more. You'll be protecting your heart — and your teeth.
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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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