New Shaklee Products Introduced in August 2010
Vita D3 – Vitamin D
New Shaklee Products Introduced in August 2010
Vita D3 – Vitamin D
Vitamin D has been in the news in recent months as researchers find out more about its functions as a hormone and its role in the prevention of certain cancers, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, metabolic syndrome, and even infectious diseases such as influenza. Medical experts now feel that its daily requirements are actually higher than we’ve previously thought, and that many of us are suffering from vitamin D deficiencies.
Shaklee is not in favour of introducing a stand-alone vitamin D supplement because this important fat-soluble vitamin works best when it’s combined with other nutrients to help in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, and the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus. For this reason, Shaklee U.S. announced at the 2009 Global Conference held in St. Louis that extra vitamin D will be added to products such as Vita-Lea® and Shaklee Vitalizer™.
Shaklee Canada will also increase the vitamin D content of the Canadian versions of Vita-Lea, Vitalizer, Super Cal Mag Plus, and Chewable Cal Mag Plus in the future. However, we cannot do this overnight, as these products are all regulated by Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate, and we must make submissions and receive official approval prior to making any changes to vitamin D levels.
New versions of Advanced Formula Vita-Lea that we wish to sell in Canada are still under review by Health Canada, so when the products are approved, we’ll submit amendments to increase the vitamin D levels to match those just announced in the U.S. versions of these products.
The current vitamin D Adequate Daily Intakes from the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, National Academies, which are used by both Health Canada and by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are as follows:
• Infants: 400 IU per day
• Ages 1–50 years: 200 IU per day
• Ages 51–70 years: 400 IU per day
• Ages 71 and over: 600 IU per day
In spite of these recommendations, many doctors are now advising their elderly patients to aim for 1,000 IU per day of vitamin D, and that up to 2,000 IU per day is probably safe (but persons prone to kidney stones should check with their doctors if wanting to take more than 1,000 IU per day).
Right now, Canadian Advanced Formula Vita-Lea tablets each contain 200 IU of vitamin D, so the daily dose of two tablets gives 400 IU. If a person used one Vitalizer Vita-Strip™ (400 IU from two Vita-Lea tablets and 200 IU from two Caroto-E-Omega capsules = 600 IU total) and four Super Cal Mag Plus tablets (400 IU) per day, he or she would be getting 1,000 IU of vitamin D.
Source: Singularity Hub
Unless you’ve been living under a rock during the last few years you know that vitamin D is a vital component of human health. Vitamin D is crucial for proper bone growth and maintenance, and a deficiency in vitamin D results in an increased risk of osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain, and several other bad things. But ask yourself this: when is the last time you had your vitamin D level measured, and what are you doing to make sure that your body has enough of this important vitamin?
If you are like most people in the world, you have absolutely no clue if you are getting enough vitamin D. With some estimates placing as many as 1 in 3 of the world’s 6 billion people deficient in vitamin D (and even higher for those in industrialized nations) don’t you think it is time that you stopped ignoring the issue and started taking personal responsibility for it? After all, you do want to make it to the Singularity…don’t you?
Even with vitamin D fortified foods such as milk it is extremely difficult to obtain enough of the vitamin through diet alone. Nearly all of a person’s vitamin D is obtained when sunlight hits our skin and induces its creation within our bodies. Stay out of the sun (or wear sunscreen when you are in the sun) and your body isn’t getting any vitamin D. Take a worldwide culture that is increasingly couped up in sun starved indoor work environments and combine this with a phobia of skin cancer that causes most of us to wear sun screen whenever we do actually go outside, and you have the perfect storm for a worldwide epidemic in vitamin D deficiency.
It sounds bad – and it is. Vitamin D joins obesity, type 2 diabetes, and several other epidemics that are entirely created by poor lifestyle choices. Want to avoid vitamin D deficiency? Simple: get in the sun! It is generally agreed that only 10 minutes per day of quality sun exposure is more than enough exposure to ensure proper vitamin D production within our bodies. It really is that simple, but for whatever reason at least a billion people across the globe are likely failing to do this. Don’t be one of them!
In recent years there has been an avalanche of hype about the health benefits of vitamin D. Freaks are coming out of the woodwork to tell us that vitamin D, resveratrol, and a host of other chemicals will bring us unimaginable benefits to longevity and health. I wish it were true, but sadly it is my opinion that vitamin D really isn’t that special of a chemical after all. It is not the presence of vitamin D that makes you healthier. Rather it is the absence of vitamin D that makes you sicker! As soon as we lock ourselves in sun deprived homes and offices and slap on the sun screen we are opening ourselves to a man-made epidemic of increased susceptibility to cancer, type 2 diabetes, bone disease, and a long list of other problems. Helping your body to accumulate its evolutionarily natural level of vitamin D within the body isn’t going to make you any healthier than you are supposed to be. It merely allows your body to operate at the health profile that it is already designed for.
The first thing to do if you care about your vitamin D level is to go to your doctor and have your vitamin D level tested. A simple, cheap blood test accurately determines whether you are within the optimal range or not. If you are like most people in industrialized nations, you will find that you are either somewhat deficient or severely deficient in this crucial vitamin. In a recent test with my own doctor, I was shocked to learn that I was deficient in spite of several hundred IU of vitamin D that I was already receiving from my daily vitamin regimen. Apparently I am indoors blogging even more than I had realized! The obvious solution is to get more sunlight. If you work indoors like me all day and find it difficult to get enough sunlight, then do what I do and take a daily vitamin D pill (I now take 2000 IU per day and my vitamin D now measures normal). The pills are cheap and effective, but of course talk to your doctor before taking them.
If you really want to know all of the details about vitamin D – its chemical profile, metabolic function within the body, and much more, I encourage you to read one of the web’s definitive papers on the topic written by Michael F. Holick titled “The Vitamin D Epidemic and its Health Consequences“. For those that want a less intense look at vitamin D, below are a few of the more interesting factoids about vitamin D (based on a Natural News interview with Holick) that you don’t want to miss: