March 24, 2009 Leave a comment
Numerous researches have concluded that Vitamin D, the hormone produced by our skin when exposed to sunlight, can reduce the risk of degenerative diseases like osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
“By increasing Vitamin D intake, incidence of cancer [and other diseases] can be reduced by 60-67 percent,” Canadian biochemist and author Lyle MacWilliam said in a media forum. He cited the combined results of scientific researches conducted worldwide from 2002 to 2009.
MacWilliam visited the Philippines as part of an international health lecture, in relation to the release of the consumer’s edition of a research book he penned, the “Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements.” The book reviews around 1,500 vitamin supplements in the United States and Canada, explaining in detail how nutrients and dietary practices affect our bodies.
One of the practices MacWilliam especially encourages is moderate sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight is the major trigger for Vitamin D production in human bodies, unmatched by any food source or pharmaceutical supplement.
Simply increasing the recommended intake to 1000 international units (IU)—2000 IU for children and adolescents—could reduce later suffering from a host of diseases related to aging, he said.
“Encourage people to do just one simple thing: just go under the sun and let your skin absorb it for 10 to 15 minutes a day. That will stimulate the manufacture of Vitamin D in the skin and reduce the risk of [degenerative] diseases,” MacWilliam said.