Vitamin D supplements have been helpful aides to many people over the years. The main issue has always been however, that Vitamin D is available in various outlets and the actual supplements of the Vitamin D is not actually needed. A new study suggests that this is now more than assumed, but pretty factual.
Vitamin D is possibly one of the easiest things to get into your body, as you simply can go outside in the sun and be exposed to it. It’s commonly called “the sunshine vitamin” for a reason. You literally can go outside and absorb it from the sun. Not only that, but you can get it from eggs and several fish related foods.
Vitamin D’s main focus is regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous in our bones on top of other helpful uses. So we obviously need it in our bodies.
Yet, do we need supplements to get it? Many have wondered why one would take a supplement, wasting money, when sunshine is free. The idea behind it is that some cannot go outside a lot. There are also issues depending on location. Try going to Alaska where it can be close to night for months or maybe even Seattle where rain is quite common, So it’s not always so easy.
Also, Vitamin D deficiency can be a serious health issue; by the time you are diagnosed, you will not be able to just go outside more or each eggs and seafood. So supplements can be needed. Case in point is that the supplements have a use, but the medical study finds that they are not worth the money you spend on them, At least not for those of us who are not deficient, of course.
Dr. Mark Bolland of the University of Auckland in New Zealand led the new study and stated that the previous studies on Vitamin D supplements lack the evidence to back up their claims. He also feels that future studies on Vitamin D are unlikely to change this theory.
The team looked at 40 randomized controlled trials that examined the use of vitamin D supplements, with and without calcium. They were unable to conclude that vitamin D supplements increased life expectancy in the general population by more than 5 percent. In what might be the most useful find, they found that vitamin D supplements are quite unlikely to reduce heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cancer, or bone fractures. The use of calcium also made no difference. This changes other studies that found that they did help in reducing the risk for the above afflictions.
Dr. Bolland said regarding the findings:
“Lots of observational studies that measure vitamin D levels at baseline and compare health outcomes over time between groups with high levels and low levels have reported associations between low vitamin D levels and poor health outcomes. These studies are not able to determine causality because of their design. The problem with those studies is that you can’t determine whether there’s a cause and effect. Groups with low levels of vitamin D tend to be older, heavier, tend to exercise less and spend less time outside.”
At the end of the day, they felt that the study on the Vitamin D supplements before simply did not hold enough ground. Of course, the idea of this was backed up with excellent studies in their own right. The issue, though, is that saying they do not help anyone might be off. As even Dr. Bolland said that people with low levels of Vitamin D tend to be older, heavier, and so on.
So, we could easily say that those people would benefit from the use of Vitamin D supplements. Of course, simply going outside more often, exercising, and so forth may also work well for them as well.
While this study may claim that the use is not as needed, other studies find that the supplements can help lower cholesterol among other things. There is still a lot of testing to conclude all the effects of Vitamin D supplements, for now we have to just go by the testing we see. That’s not such a bad thing, I assume.