In the past, vitamin D was called the â€śsunshine vitamin,â€ť and was known for building healthy bones. But an avalanche of recent studies has shown that it does far more than just protect bones. Among its many functions, vitamin D may reduce the risk of diabetes and many cancers. It is also vital for healthy brain function, especially aging or damaged brains. With neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimerâ€™s disease and Parkinsonâ€™s disease, we see much higher levels of brain inflammation. This reaction in the aging or damaged brain can lead to a loss of vital brain cells in the memory and cognitive parts of the brain (hippocampus and prefrontal lobes).
Studies have shown that vitamin D-3 can protect the normal aging or damaged brain from neuron loss, especially in the memory areas of the brain, the hippocampus. This means that a higher intake of vitamin D-3 can protect your memory. Think we need to think of Boxersâ€™ brains (and other contact sports like football that result in repeated trauma to the brain) and the high incidence of Parkinsonâ€™s. This is cumulative damage, which is more common than one traumatic incidence, and needs to be addressed as well.
A compelling number of studies have shown that Alzheimerâ€™s disease is another brain inflammatory disorder, characterized by the following: Intense inflammation, Microglial activation, Free-radical generation
A number of conditions cause this inflammation - sports injuries, infections that may have occurred in other parts of the body but also affected the brain - many of which are present in all cases.
Inflammation triggers immunoexcitotoxicity, which is made much worse if a person is deficient in vitamin D-3.
This may be another reason why Alzheimerâ€™s dementia increases the older we get, from 3 percent to 5 percent at age 70, to 43 percent over age 80.
Parkinsonâ€™s disease is another neurodegenerative disease of aging that is strongly related to chronic brain inflammation and trauma, but different parts of the brain are involved than in Alzheimerâ€™s disease.
New studies have also shown that deficiencies in vitamin D-3 can cause poisons, such as pesticides and herbicides, to have the same sensitizing effect. So donâ€™t be afraid of the sunshine and take your Vitamin D.
Robert L. Ewing
Sometimes the devil doesn't tempt us with evil; sometimes he allures us with good, distracts us with obligations, confuses us with compromise, or hinders us with business to keep us from that which is best- service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!