Home > Vitamins and Minerals >10 Studies on How Vitamin D Can Save Your Life

10 Studies on How
Vitamin D Can Save Your Life

My father is a Western physician, and one day he told me that he's taking vitamin D supplements.

This immediately got my attention because my father NEVER takes any supplements.

When it comes to medicine, my father has the uncanny ability to know/predict when conventional medical wisdom is wrong. He's usually proven right years later when new research has come out.

For example, I remember when my father blurted out one day that Aspartame is bad for you, this was when it was unknown that Aspartame was harmful. Sure enough four years later research proves my father right.

So when my father told me that he was supplementing with vitamin D, I naturally asked why. He told me that compelling studies have found that vitamin D in needed by every tissue in the body, and that vitamin D is needed for almost everything. He went on to explained that the studies found the vitamin D can significantly improve your health and lifespan.

After the chat with my father, I started digging through medical literature archived by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. I don't "Google" things because anyone can write their opinion on a topic and post it on the internet. I wanted concrete scientific data, findings and statistics.

What I found honestly blew my mind. So much so that I felt compelled to tell everyone I know, which is why you are reading this now.

Below are the top 10 most significant vitamin D studies I've come across during my research. You will notice that most of the research is very recent. So read on to learn how vitamin D can save lives or, at the very least, significantly improve the quality of a person's life.

***Please help me in my quest inform everyone I can about how simple vitamin D supplementation can improve, or even save, their life.

Even inform your doctor! You can simply send people the link to this page and/or share it on your facebook and twitter. Thank you!***

Top 10 Vitamin D Studies


Study #1: Vitamin D3 in the Blood Reduces Risk of Various Cancers.

Title: An estimate of premature cancer mortality in the U.S. due to inadequate doses of solar ultraviolet-B radiation.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11920550
Summary in Layman's Terms: Vitamin D3 supplementation can reduce the risk of the breast cancer; colon cancer; ovary caner; prostate cancer; and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Study #2: Vitamin D Reduces Premature Death from Many Chronic & Infectious Diseases.

Title: In defense of the sun: An estimate of changes in mortality rates in the United States if mean serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were raised to 45 ng/mL by solar ultraviolet-B irradiance.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20592792
Summary in Layman's Terms: The Vitamin D you get from the sun greatly reduces the number of deaths from non-skin cancers and cardiovascular diseases. The study suggests premature deaths in the U.S. from non-skin cancers and cardiovascular diseases can be significantly reduced by doubling the population's exposure to the sun. While a few thousand excess deaths may occur from skin cancer and melanoma, the reduction of premature death from non-skin cancers and cardiovascular diseases is estimated to be around 400,000 people per year!

Study #3: Vitamin D Blood Levels of Over 30 ng/mL Recommended.

Title: Vitamin D deficiency: a worldwide problem with health consequences.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18400738
Summary in Layman's Terms: Vitamin D deficiency is at an pandemic. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with various cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and infectious diseases. Vitamin D blood levels over 30 ng/mL is needed to maximize the health benefits of vitamin D. For those that don't get a lot of sun exposure, 800-1,000 IU of Vitamin D (specifically vitamin D3, not vitamin D2) is recommended.

Study #4: Supplementing with Vitamin D Reduce Mortality Rates Between 7.6%-17.3%.

Title: An estimate of the global reduction in mortality rates through doubling vitamin D levels.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21731036
Summary in Layman's Terms: Vitamin D-related diseases account for slightly over HALF of the world's mortality rates. These vitamin D-related disease include the following: cardiovascular disease; respiratory diseases; respiratory infections; Alzheimer's disease; Parkinson's disease; multiple sclerosis; pre-eclampsia; meningitis; diabetes mellitus; and tuberculosis. The reduction in mortality rates range from 7.6% for African women to 17.3% for European women. The reduction in mortality rate in men was an average 0.6% lower then women. Supplementing with vitamin D is a very low cost and low risk way of reducing the world's mortality rates.

Study #5: Mortality Rates from Prostate Cancer is Higher among African Americans than Caucasian Americans.

Title: Vitamin D and the epidemiology of prostate cancer.
Year of Study: 2005
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16076349
Summary in Layman's Terms: African Americans have higher mortality rates from prostate cancer than Caucasian Americans because people with dark skin are not able to make vitamin D out of sunlight as well as those with lighter skin.

Study #6: Vitamin D Deficiency is Probably the Rule.

Title: Diagnosis and treatment of vitamin D deficiency.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18076342
Summary in Layman's Terms: Vitamin D deficiency is so prevalent that it's probably the rule. Government agencies designed vitamin D recommended intake levels to prevent metabolic bone diseases, NOT to treat vitamin D deficiency, which requires much more vitamin D. It is believed that proper vitamin D treatment needs to keep a person's vitamin D levels over 40 ng/ml all year-round. During the winter of many temperate latitudes, obese, dark-skinned and/or aged persons may need vitamin D doses less than or equal to 5,000 IU (125 mcg).

Study #7: Mothers Exclusively Breast-Feeding their Newborns Need to Take up to 4,000 IU of Vitamin D Per Day.

Title: Vitamin D in pregnancy and lactation: maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes from human and animal studies.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18689394
Summary in Layman's Terms: A vitamin D deficient newborn is at risk for rickets and hypocalcemia. Exclusively breastfed infants are at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency because of the low concentration of vitamin D in human milk. Women that are exclusively breast-feeding their infants may need to take up to 4,000 IU if vitamin D a day.

Study #8: Vitamin D Levels affects Cognitive Function.

Title: Vitamin D and risk of cognitive decline in elderly persons.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20625021
Summary in Layman's Terms: Low levels of vitamin D in the blood is associated with significant cognitive decline in elderly people. This raises new possibilities for treating cognitive decline and dementia.

Study #9: Vitamin D Deficiency is a Major Contributor to Low Back Pain.

Title: Vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in Saudi Arabia.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12544936
Summary in Layman's Terms: In the study involving 360 patients with low back pain, 83% had abnormally low vitamin D levels. After vitamin D supplementation, 95% experienced improvement in their lower back pain symptoms. This study concludes that vitamin D deficiency plays a major role in chronic low back pain.

Study #10: Vitamin D Levels affects Physical Performance in the Elderly.

Title: Vitamin D status predicts physical performance and its decline in older persons.
Year of Study:
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17341569
Summary in Layman's Terms: Vitamin D blood levels in the elderly is a predicable indicator of their physical performance. Those with vitamin D blood levels below 20 ng/mL had poorer physical performance than those with higher vitamin D levels.

Related Articles:
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D Foods

Return from 10 Studies on How Vitamin D Can Save Your Life to Vitamins and Minerals