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The Importance of Vitamin D

May 14, 2014 by AppleHW

More and more research is uncovering our desperate need for more vitamin D. This supplement is all around us. 80-90% of all of the vitamin D we absorb comes from the sun; however, most of us are not getting enough and it has serious health implications.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increase stroke risk, increased Dysmenorrhea (or menstrual pain), increased hospitalization and surgery related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Crohn’s Disease, and increased pain and symptoms related to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Sclerosis. Vitamin D acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and encourages optimal functioning for patients.

Doctors recommend that patients try and get their vitamin D from the sun. You should aim for 10-15 minutes of direct sun three times a week. If you are unable to get out, supplements are always available. The recommended minimum dose is 4000 IU a day.

If you are unsure about your vitamin D levels, our office offers a test. Call us at 865.524.1234 to find out more about the vitamin D test and what it can do for you. This test could be the difference between pain and discomfort and total body wellness for you.


“Can Vitamin D Treat Pain?” by Pauline Anderson. Medscape on February 27, 2012. <>.

“Low Vitamin D in Diet Linked to Increased Stroke Risk” by Megan Brooks. Medscape on June 20, 2012. <>.

“Low Vitamin D Exacerbates Inflammatory Bowel Disease” by Caroline Helwick. Medscape on May 21, 2013. <>.

“Vitamin D and Rheumatoid Arthritis” by Ifigenia Kostoglou-Athanassiou, MSc, MD, PhD, Panagiotis Athanassiou, MSc, MD, Aikaterini Lyraki, Ioannis Raftakis, MD, Christodoulos Antoniadis, MD. Ther Adv in Endo and Metab. 2012;3(6):181-187. <>.

“Vitamin D Benefits MS and Fibromyalgia Sufferers” by Jeri Burtchell. Healthline on January 22, 2014. <>.

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