Jamie Jones, Naturopath
Scientists have known for some time that Calcium by itself is not enough for bone health. Your body needs several “co-nutrients” to absorb and use Calcium properly, including Magnesium, Copper, Zinc and Vitamin K. But perhaps the most important of all of these nutrients may be Vitamin D3.
Michael Holick, Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine is a leading investigator into Vitamin D and its functions. His research suggest that good Vitamin D levels can help:
And Vitamin D is not just a bone health vitamin. Rather, he says, Vitamin D is essential for proper muscle function, and may help maintain healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
Professor Holick reports that low Vitamin D levels affect around 36% of otherwise healthy young adults; up to 57% of general hospital patients in the United States; and even more people in Europe. Recent information also shows that several elderly patients and those with osteoporosis had low Vitamin D levels.
Professor Holick suggests that factors such as lack of exposure to sunlight and diets that are low in Vitamin D contribute to this situation. His conclusion is that Vitamin D supplements and sensible sun exposure could prevent deficiency in most of the general population.
Mayo Clin Proc. 2006 Mar;81(3):353-73. Holick MF. High prevalence of Vitamin D inadequacy and implications for health.