What is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk for serious disease such as heart attack, stroke, and cancer? It is to optimize your vitamin D levels. Studies show that optimized vitamin D intake can reduce your risk by over 70%! This can be accomplished by either proper sunning technique, when the sun is strong enough, or by proper supplementation. A vitamin D blood test needs to be done to assess your levels. It is the most important blood test you can get, even more so than cholesterol! Vitamin D3 should not be taken alone but needs to be taken with magnesium and vitamin K2. There are supplement preparations on the market that have all 3 in one capsule. Optimizing your blood levels to 60-70 ng/L year round is the goal. If you have sun, use it safely and do not get burned. 10-20 minutes per day when the shadow you cast is shorter than you are tall. That is when the sun is strong enough to generate vitamin D from cholesterol that is in your skin!
I am George DeFranca, DC, chiropractic physician in Central Massachusetts since 1982. I love my patients, my practice, and talking and teaching about health. I enjoy the outdoors, especially the ocean and kayakfishing.