Vitamin D Health Benefits

Vitamin D Deficiencies
Posted by Lisa (Michigan) on 01/11/2007
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What does cod liver oil have to do with cholesterol? When you get exposure to sunshine (which excludes most people in N. America) on a daily basis, your body uses cholesterol to make vitamin D. This is one reason you body makes an excess. Of course, if you do not get any sun exposure, you don't use up the extra cholesterol, nor do you produce much vitamin D. Most of the diseases that they warn you about resulting from high cholesterol, are really vitamin D deficiencies. Try having your vitamin D levels checked. You may be surprised. Also, low HDL is worse than "high" cholesterol levels, as evident in many heart conditions. A current study shows that the one thing people who live very long lives (over 100 yrs.) had in common was very high HDL levels. If you can't get any sun exposure, at least you can take cod liver oil (some brands taste OK) but you will still have high cholesterol levels. Niacin will raise your HDL level. FYI. Details: (On the importance of vitamin d levels) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43711-2004May20.html http://www.mercola.com/2002/feb/23/vitamin_d_deficiency.htm