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In this video, Dr. Mark Hyman discusses the impact of vitamin D on health, what common lifestyle choices impede its absorption, and whether or not supplements are a good option, with health and science journalist Max Lugavere and physician and nutritionist Dr. Elizabeth Boham.
Vitamin D has a huge impact on the health and function of our cells. Among its many functions, vitamin D reduces cellular growth (that would otherwise promote cancer) and improves cell differentiation (that puts cells into an anti-cancer state).
But what’s even more fascinating is how vitamin D regulates and controls genes. When we don’t get enough vitamin D, it impacts every area of our biology, because it affects the way our cells and genes function.
Ordinarily, the body makes vitamin D when it’s exposed to sunlight. The problem is most of us aren’t exposed to enough sunlight or eating enough of the few natural dietary sources of vitamin D. The good news is that supplementing with vitamin D3 can be an effective way to reverse a vitamin D deficiency. That said, it’s important to test our vitamin D levels to assess our personalised needs before starting any supplementation.
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