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Shedding Light on Vitamin D and Joint Health

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Shedding Light on Vitamin D and Joint Health

Did you know that  Vitamin D, informally known as the “sunshine vitamin,” plays an essential role in the health and maintenance of your joints?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that has multiple roles in the body. First, it boosts calcium absorption and maintains phosphorus balance to keep help bones strong. The proper balance of bone breakdown and remodeling is affected by how much Vitamin D is available in the body.  It also plays a role in boosting immune system function while decreasing inflammation. 

The body can make all the Vitamin D it needs, but it can be difficult to get your daily dose. Exposure to sunlight and your body’s ability to create Vitamin D can be limited through factors like geographic location, time spent outdoors, sunscreen use and skin pigmentation. There are a few sources of vitamin D in food, including fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms and Vitamin D-fortified milk. Due to the lack of sun exposure and the low Vitamin D content of most foods, over 1 billion children and adults worldwide are deficient in Vitamin D.

Vitamin D Deficiency

A deficiency in Vitamin D can have serious effects on the health of your joints and bones. First, Vitamin D may help in the prevention of autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis is a primary cause of joint damage and pain.

Recent studies show that low levels of serum Vitamin D can also contribute to osteomalacia or osteoporosis in older adults. One study measuring Vitamin D status in patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis found that more than 80% of these patients were deficient in Vitamin D. A large study with more than 2,500 older adults found that those with the lowest serum Vitamin D levels had a greater likelihood of having osteoarthritis in the hands, knees and hips and experiencing osteoarthritis pain.

 

Vitamin D may help in the prevention of autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis is a primary cause of joint damage and pain.

 

The most recent Recommended Dietary Allowance for Vitamin D is 600 international units (IU) for adults ages 18-70 years and 800 IU for adults over 70 years, but higher intakes may be required to experience the protective benefits of Vitamin D. Doctors currently recommend that adults take daily supplements of 1,000 IU to maintain healthy serum levels of Vitamin D.

Choosing the right Vitamin D supplement may be confusing due to the different forms of the vitamin. A meta-analysis of clinical trials published in 2012 suggests that Vitamin D3  (cholecalciferol) is more effective than Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) at raising serum Vitamin D levels, and may be preferred for supplementation.

Ready to take control of your joint health?

Our Flexify supplement is formulated to support the health of your joints and promote pain relief. Flexify has the recommended 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3as its first ingredient. It also includes six other clinically validated natural ingredients for joint health and relief from aches and pain: glucosamine, chondroitin, boswellia, ginger, turmeric and MSM — all in easy-to-swallow tablets. With daily use of Flexify, you can experience improved joint mobility, comfort, strength, lubrication and flexibility in a few short weeks!