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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vitamin D and Chronic Muscle Pain

Vitamin D and Chronic Muscle Pain

Vitamin D deficiencies may cause chronic, diffuse, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain that is associated with both muscle and bone pain.35, 36 In a study in which 150 patients presented to a hospital in Minneapolis with complaints of chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain, 140 had vitamin D deficiencies when evaluated with a serum 25-OH vitamin D test.37


Ethnicities with darker skin appear to be more at risk for vitamin D deficiencies in general, but especially as it relates to chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain. 
The study found that 16% of Asians, 24% of Anglo- Americans, 40% of Hispanics and Native Americans, and 50% of African Americans with chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain demonstrated severe vitamin D deficiencies.38

                                                              
K-35 Ultra-D Complex  
  

VITAMIN D SERVINGS AND DEFICIENCIES

Vitamin D Servings

Current vitamin D serving guidelines are based solely on the maintenance of bone health and do not account for the influence of vitamin D on other physiological functions.3 Many experts on vitamin D have considered the current serving requirements to be obsolete.4Levels as high as twenty times the RDA for vitamin D have been shown to be safe when used for several months.5, 6, 7

The primary source of vitamin D for most people is solar ultraviolet-B (UVB). In the absence of exposure to sunlight, a minimum of 1000 IU of vitamin D3 is required to maintain a healthy concentration of 1,25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in the blood.However, despite exposure to adequate sunlight, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is high. 
9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Dietary sources of vitamin D include sources such a fatty fish.  The fact that fish consumption is relatively low, in conjunction with other societal factors, has led to a gross deficiency of vitamin D in the United States.14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Factors that can Cause Vitamin D Deficiencies
Many factors can cause vitamin D deficiencies, such as a lack of sunlight exposure and inadequate consumption of vitamin D-rich foods.  Gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders reduce the absorption of vitamin D. Cortisol elevations or the use of cortisone can also deplete vitamin D levels. Ethnicities with darker skin and individuals with obesity are more at risk for vitamin D deficiencies.19, 20, 21 Also, as individuals become older, they become less efficient in photo production to use sunlight to process vitamin D. 22, 23

EMULSIFICATION DESCRIPTIONPhysiologically, emulsification occurs as a principal step toward fat digestion and absorption on a daily basis along with every meal involving the biliary system.

Bioavailability of vitamin D has also been shown to be increased when emulsified. Vitamin D is absorbed in the jejunum and in lesser amounts in the ileum. Emulsified Ultra-D Complex guarantees that homogenized, well-dispersed vitamin D-containing droplets will be absorbed by the jejunum, which is even more important in those with biliary insufficiency.

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