In the past, vitamin D was called the “sunshine vitamin,” 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 Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’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 Boxers’ brains (and other contact sports like football that result in repeated trauma to the brain) and the high incidence of Parkinson’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 Alzheimer’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 Alzheimer’s dementia increases the older we get, from 3 percent to 5 percent at age 70, to 43 percent over age 80.
Parkinson’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 Alzheimer’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 don’t be afraid of the sunshine and take your Vitamin D.
Robert L. Ewing
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