Approximately one quarter of the world’s population has been infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Nine million people become ill with TB each year and more than a million and a half of those will die from it. Some symptoms of tuberculosis are:
A long-lasting severe cough
Loss of appetite
Coughing up blood
While it is known that people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting tuberculosis, new studies have shown that low Vitamin D levels are associated with latent tuberculosis (when a person carries tuberculosis but has no symptoms).
Latent tuberculosis is often a precursor to active tuberculosis, so preventing the contraction of the latent form is the best measure to stay healthy. In a 2019 study of more than 6,000 people, the participants with Vitamin D levels of less than 12 ng/ml were twice as likely to have latent tuberculosis. In the same study, participants with a Vitamin D level of more than 30 ng/ml had the lowest probability of having latent tuberculosis.
If you’re interested in checking your Vitamin D levels, you can purchase a home testing kit here.
Our bones are our body’s protector. They provide structure and shield our organs from harm. Our bones are also where we store our calcium. When they detect our body needs calcium they release it into our bloodstream. The amounts of calcium and vitamin D you intake into your body directly affect how much calcium your bones will store.
It makes sense that a recent study showed how significant Vitamin D is in maintaining good bone health.
This 2019 study consisted of 1,348 Australian women aged 70 to 85 (a population more prone to osteoporosis and bone fractures). The results showed that bone mineral density (a measure of bone quality) was higher with increased Vitamin D levels. In addition to this, as the participants’ Vitamin D levels increased, their risk of fracture related hospitalization decreased.
If you don’t know your Vitamin D levels and you’re worried about your bone health, you can purchase a testing kit here.
If you feel like you always have a runny nose and watery eyes, you might be suffering from allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever). Hay fever is caused by dust mites, pollen, or pet dander allergens and can be triggered both indoors and outdoors. Hay fever affects between 10% and 30% of the worldwide population.
Since hay fever is so widespread, shouldn’t there be a way to prevent it?
German researchers studied 80 adults with both hay fever and Vitamin D deficiencies. The researchers blindly administered 40 adults with allergy medication, and the other 40 adults with allergy medication and Vitamin D. The adults who received just the allergy medication showed an 8% reduction in allergy symptoms after 8 weekly treatments. The adults who received the medication in addition to the Vitamin D showed an astounding 29% reduction in allergy symptoms.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, raising your Vitamin D levels through supplements or our Vitamin D Sunlamp can be an effective preventative measure for the symptoms of hay fever.
If you’d like to test your Vitamin D levels, you can purchase a testing kit here.
A 2017 study measured the emotional health, self-perceived mental health, self-perceived general health, and self-perceived stress of more than 7,500 Canadians. The end result of the study was a positive association between good mental health and high Vitamin D levels.
If you’re ever wondering why we’re so passionate about Vitamin D, this is why!
If you’re wondering what your Vitamin D levels are but want to avoid a trip to the doctor, you can purchase a Vitamin D test here!
If you want to raise or maintain your Vitamin D levels, our Sperti Vitamin D Lamp can help the natural way!