You probably already know that vitamin D helps prevent many serious diseases. These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even the flu. But researchers wanted to know if the amazing vitamin/hormone can prevent Alzheimer’s. What they found is startling!
In this study, the researchers knew that Alzheimer’s patients typically suffer from low vitamin D levels. So they wanted to find out why. They surmised that the vitamin D helps clear the brain of beta amyloid protein clumps. This protein is the primary cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
To find out, the researchers used mice they genetically altered to develop dementia. Then they injected them with vitamin D. The researchers then looked at the accumulation of beta amyloid on their brains.
They found that the vitamin D cleared the damaging protein before it could accumulate. The researchers believe the nutrient transports the protein across the blood-brain barrier. Once it passes through this barrier, the body can dispose of it much easier.
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Past studies have shown that the body’s ability to extract this protein from the brain diminishes as we age. If the protein remains in our brain, it builds up into sticky clusters, which can affect our brain’s ability to function properly. This study showed that the reason our body doesn’t remove the protein is at least partially related to our vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is one nutrient everyone needs to take as a supplement. Almost everyone has low levels (below 50 ng/ml) and few of us get enough from our diet or the sun. So make sure you’re taking at least 5,000 units of vitamin D daily. And take only vitamin D3, not the synthetic D2. You can order a high quality vitamin D3 by following this link.
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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.