Vitamin D Forte - 5,000 iu's, 250 Capsules

Healthwings Vitamin D ForteVitamin D deficiency can be quite serious and leads to a number of illnesses including rickets, skeletal problems, and osteomalacia (muscle weakness). The traditional sources of vitamin D are either dietary (from a variety of fruits and vegetables) or sunlight.

Recent research shows that taking a Vitamin D supplement will help prevent many diseases and will also improve general well being and mental health. Vitamin D Forte is a great supplement that works with along with coral calcium supplements to promote strong bones and healthy teeth. Vitamin D Forte contains 5000 iu’s of vitamin D making them one of the best Vitamin D supplements available. *

Recommended Amount of Daily Vitamin D Intake


Life Stage Men Women
Ages 19-50 5 mcg* or 200 IU 5 mcg* or 200 IU
Ages 51-69 10 mcg* or 400 IU 10 mcg* or 400 IU
Ages 70 + 15 mcg* or 600 IU 15 mcg* or 600 IU
*1 mcg vitamin D = 40 International Units (IU)

Do you have a Vitamin D Deficiency?

A deficiency of Vitamin D occurs when:

- There is an inadequate dietary intake of Vitamin D

- There is not enough exposure to sunlight

- The kidneys can't convert the Vitamin D to its active form

- The gastrointestinal tract doesn't adequately absorb Vitamin D.

Vitamin D Forte is an excellent supplement to help prevent vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is the result of a lack of vitamin D in your diet because of limited exposure to the sun and a diet that is dangerously lacking in vitamin D.

Sometimes, there are organ problems that result in vitamin D deficiency such that your kidneys can no longer process Vitamin D so it can be used by your body or you cannot effectively absorb Vitamin D gastro intestinally. Vitamin D deficiency can be very serious as it leads to such diseases as rickets and osteomalacia.

Because of the potential restrictions on skeletal development in children suffering from rickets, the effects of Vitamin D deficiency can be long lasting resulting in weak bones and muscles throughout adulthood. Vitamin D Forte is an excellent supplement that helps to prevent the effects of Vitamin D deficiency.

(1) 250 Capsule Bottle - $23.95

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Calcium, Vitamin D Improve Lipid Profiles

Women who supplement their weight loss program with calcium and vitamin D achieve better lipid profiles than those who do not, according to a just-published report*

During a 15-week trial, 63 overweight or obese women supplemented twice daily with 600 mg of calcium and 200 IU of vitamin D, or an inactive placebo. Compared to the placebo group, those who took the calcium-vitamin D supplement significantly reduced their low-density lipoprotein (LDL), total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein (HDL) ratio, and LDL to HDL ratio, while also lowering their total cholesterol and triglycerides.

Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D thus augmented the beneficial effects of weight loss on lipid and lipoprotein profiles in overweight and obese women.

*From pg. 23, Life Extension Magazine, April 2007

Vitamin D Guards Against Breast, Colorectal Cancers

Two newly published meta-analyses conclude that higher blood levels of vitamin D could prevent up to two thirds of colorectal cancer cases and up to half of breast cancer cases in the U.S.*

The colorectal cancer meta-analysis reviewed data from five studies in which blood collected from 1,448 healthy partcipants was tested for vitamin D and subjects were followed for up to 25 years.The researchers reported that raising serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D to 115 nmol/L, corresponding to a daily intake of 2,000 IU of vitamin D3, would reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by two thirds.

The breast cancer meta-analysis included data from studies involving 1,760 women whose vitamin D levels ranged from less than 33 to 130 nmol/L. Women with the lowest blood levels had the highest rates of breast cancer, which dropped as blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D increased. The researchers concluded that the serum level associated with a 50% reduction in risk could be maintained by taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily.

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From pg. 19, Life Extension Magazine, May 2007

Vitamin D's Crucial Role in Cardiovascular Protection

A growing body of research indicates that vitamin D deficiency contributes to a broad spectrum of conditions such as high blood pressure, poor insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and other fundamental processes that underlie heart disease. Alarmingly, vitamin D deficiency is extremely common throughout the population - affecting more than half of adults and the majority of elderly.*

Pg. 27, Life Extension Magazine, Sept. 2007.

Vitamin D deficiency...

and it's consequences are extremely subtle, but have enormous implications for human health and disease. It is for this reason that vitamin D deficiency continues to go unrecognized by a majority of health care professionals.

- Dr. Michael Holick, University of Boston

Vit. D - Life Saving Moment

Let me tell you a life saving moment: I had been diagnosed with super severe osteoporosis 3 years ago. I had some friends at work that told me they were on the Vitamin D Forte capsules and I decided to try it out. The rheumatologist put me on Forteo injections each morning which was suppose to cure my osteoporosis. After a year it did not. At that point is when I decided to try the Vit D Forte and I am living proof, after being on it for 2 years my osteoporosis went away and I am presently minor osteopenia. The rheumatologist, my personal doctor and my glandular doctor was amazed on how the Vit D Forte healed my osteoporosis. They did not even know there was a Vit D 5,000 IU. So I have recommended this to everyone I know, especially in the medical field (my personal doctors, nurses, etc). Thanks so much. It truly healed and sealed my failing right femur bone in my right hip. *

Santa Jones - Choctaw, OK

Might Influenza be Little More...

Than a Symptom of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin,” may very well be one of the most beneficial vitamins there is for disease prevention. Unfortunately it’s also one of the vitamins that a vast majority of people across the world are deficient in due to lack of regular exposure to sunshine.

Published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection in 2006, the hypothesis presented by Dr. John Cannell and colleagues in the paper Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D raises the possibility that influenza is a symptom of vitamin D deficiency.

The vitamin D formed when your skin is exposed to sunlight regulates the expression of more than 2,000 genes throughout your body, including ones that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses. Hence, being overwhelmed by the “flu bug” could signal that your vitamin D levels are too low, allowing the flu virus to overtake your immune system.

At least five studies show an inverse association between lower respiratory tract infections and 25(OH)D levels. That is, the higher your vitamin D level, the lower your risk of contracting colds, flu, and other respiratory tract infections:

  1. A 2007 study suggests higher vitamin D status enhances your immunity to microbial infections. They found that subjects with vitamin D deficiency had significantly more days of absence from work due to respiratory infection than did control subjects.

  2. A 2009 study on vitamin D deficiency in newborns with acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) confirmed a strong, positive correlation between newborns’ and mother’s vitamin D levels. Over 87 percent of all newborns and over 67 percent of all mothers had vitamin D levels lower than 20 ng/ml, which is a severe deficiency state.

Newborns with vitamin D deficiency appear to have an increased risk of developing ALRI, and since the child’s vitamin D level strongly correlates with its mother’s, the researchers recommend that all mothers’ optimize their vitamin D levels during pregnancy, especially in the winter months, to safeguard their baby’s health.

  1. A similar Indian study published in 2004 also reported that vitamin D deficiency in infants significantly raised their odds ratio for having severe ALRI.

  2. A 2009 analysis of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey examined the association between vitamin D levelsand recent upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) in nearly 19,000 subjects over the age of 12.

    Recent URTI was reported by:

    • 17 percent of participants with vitamin D levels of 30ng/ml or higher

    • 20 percent of participants with vitamin D levels between 10-30 ng/ml.

    • 24 percent of participants with vitamin D levels below 10ng/ml

    The positive correlation between lower vitamin D levels and increased risk of URTI was even stronger in individuals with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

  3. Another 2009 report in the journal Pediatric Research stated that infants and children appear more susceptible to viral rather than bacterial infections when deficient in vitamin D. And that, based on the available evidence showing a strong connection between vitamin D, infections, and immune function in children, vitamin D supplementation may be a valuable therapy in pediatric medicine.

Dr. Mercola recommends 35 iu's per pound of body-weight.  Our formula is 5,000 iu's per capsule.

Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase Risk of Cesarean Delivery

Low concentrations of vitamin D have been associated with a number of health concerns. Recent research out of Boston University suggests that vitamin D deficiency in pregnant mothers correlates strongly with an increased risk of cesarean deliveries.

Between 2005 and 2007, five researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine measured both maternal and infant vitamin D levels from maternal medical records at a local hospital. In total, 253 women enrolled in the study. 17% (43 women) had a primary cesarean delivery.

A strong inverse association existed between serum vitamin D levels in the mother and prevalence of cesarean sections. 28% of vitamin D deficient mothers had a cesarean delivery, compared with only 14% of mothers with adequate vitamin D levels. (P = 0.012, deficiency defined as serum 25(OH)D < 15 ng/mL)

Further analyses showed that after controlling for race, age, education level, insurance status, and alcohol use, mothers deficient in vitamin D were almost four times as likely to have a cesarean delivery. (Odds ratio 3.84, 95% CI 1.71-8.62)

Dr. Michael Holick, one of the lead researchers, provided one explanation for the data. “Vitamin D is critically important for muscle function. Thus, it is not at all surprising that pregnant women, who are at very high risk for vitamin D deficiency, have an associated increased risk for cesarean birth.”

Merewood A, Mehta SD, Chen TC, Bauchner H, Holick MF. 2009. Association between Vitamin D Deficiency and Primary Cesarean Section. J Clin Endocrin & Met 94(3):940-5.


The New News About Vit. D

Unfortunately, between our lifestyle and our conscientious use of sunscreens, most Americans don’t get enough vitamin D. Studies have shown that this vitamin’s beneficial effects extend to reducing the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancers. And it’s long been known that vitamin D helps maintain strong bones. Older adults can also reduce their risk of falls by more than 20% by ensuring that they get enough vitamin D.

A study recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association noted that “vitamin D may also improve muscle strength, thereby reducing fracture risk through falls.” Blood levels of vitamin D are low in at least one in five women who live in North America and northern Europe, and most post-menopausal women also get too little dietary calcium. But the former deficiency may be more important than the latter, according to new research results. In fact, recent research suggests that higher-than-RDA intake of vitamin D is probably more important than RDA-level intake of calcium to bone health!

That’s because there is actually a tightly intertwined connection between vitamin D, calcium and a lesser known (to the lay public) substance call parathyroid hormone (PTH). PTH regulates the amount of calcium in the bloodstream. When blood levels of calcium are low, the thyroid gland secretes more PTH, which raises the level of calcium by taking it from the bone. If this pattern continues, bones will eventually become brittle and prone to breakage.

Enter vitamin D. High blood levels of vitamin D inhibit secretion of PTH, thereby preventing the loss of calcium from bones. Conversely, low vitamin D levels prompt loss of calcium from bones and raise the risks of osteoporosis and fractures. This is one reason why most experts say the RDA for vitamin D (400 international units per day) is too low and should be increased to 600 to 800 international units per day or even higher. As an active researcher, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

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