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Study Finds Important Interaction Between Vitamin D And DNA

September 1, 2010 by  

Study finds important interaction between vitamin D and DNARecent research has indicated that vitamin D may play a role in many areas of health. Studies have shown that it benefits heart health, decreases the risk of developing mood disorders and contributes to the health of muscles and joints.

However, a new study from Oxford University researchers has shown that the impact of vitamin D may go deeper than that. They found that the nutrient interacts with DNA influencing the development of many chronic diseases.

A chain of DNA has receptors for vitamin D at the same locations as many of the genes that are associated with birth defects and chronic illnesses. Andreas Heger, who led the investigation, said that it may be particularly important for women who expect to soon become pregnant to maintain high levels of the nutrient.

"Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and the early years could have a beneficial effect on a child’s health in later life," Heger said. "Some countries such as France have instituted this as a routine public health measure."

The study noted that natural vitamin D produced by the sun is the most desirable option. However, if this is not an option, nutritional supplements may also be beneficial.
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  • Richard Pawley

    Recent studies indicate that the so-called daily requirement of Vitamin D is actually about one fifth of what one should be taking and only one tenth of what I take, and if I ever got the flu I would take that amount EVERY HOUR for five days – no more. Of course by taking 4,000 IU of D-3 per day I doubt I will ever get the flu. I seem to remember getting a flu shot once in the 1970′s but I was younger and trusted the government back then. The new flu vaccine that we may be getting here soon has already been outlawed in Australia who has already had it’s flu season as it was causing convulsions in young children who took it. I also read somewhere that the 71 million doses of last years H1N1 that nobody took and which expired in June are so toxic with mercury that they can’t just dump them but must find a special site that is EPA approved to dispose of them which I hope they do rather than recycling them. They were good enough to give to your kids but to dangerous to bury. My advice learn all you can about health and nutrition because if we don’t elect a new Congress who can rescind the Health Killer Bill of Pelosi and Reid you had better learn how to take care of yourself. A good place to start is Dr. Joseph Mercola of Chicago. He has five doctors who works for him and his free health and nutrition newsletter goes out all over the earth with around 2 million subscribers. I know I’ve learned a lot in the past four years from it. Sign up at http://www.mercola.com and learn while you can. It’s free! Big Pharma would like to shut him down. He’s as dangerous to them as truth is to the Marxists. Vote in November and if the new people don’t do as they should kick them out in two years until you can find those who will. From George Washington to George Bush the American government borrowed nine trillion dollars and under President Obama we have borrowed nearly three trillion already! The debt is going up so fast I could not time the increase without a stop watch. It looks to be about 3 MILLION dollars a minute. In any event taxes of every kind on everything will have to double to keep the country from collapsing – that’s all taxes of every kind. It doesn’t work out mathematically any other way. We could cut everything in half but that won’t destroy the dollar and collapse the system which is what they surely seem to be trying to do. The Democratic plan is for us all to be as well off as they are in Cuba or Venezuela. Obama’s health and services czar was recently telling high school children how lucky they were in Venezuela and why socialism is so much better than capitalism. Of course no country has ever gone from free to socialist without a major war and millions dead and that would suit some liberals just fine. You wouldn’t believe some of the things they say. It’s hard for a regular person to grasp that they really believe these things. That guy from Hawaii who invaded the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Springs was just an extreme example. Vote in November and maybe, just maybe, we can slow this all down. To bad we can’t unspend the money the congress has squandered because that is going to cause big inflation no matter who gets elected but it could be much worse if we don’t stop printing money like it was real. The progressives who want us to just be a cog in the United Nations wheel of things keep saying we are the richest nation in the world and that is just another of their lies. We are the most in debt nation in the world and no nation has every been in debt as much as we are, not in all the history of the world. Only the banks owe more money with their derivative investments and that is why they need inflation. All we need now is for Obama to force Israel to give away more of their country to those who want only to destroy her, and for Iran to get the bomb, and for ‘big one’ to hit Los Angeles in the summer of 2014 (the great earthquake) and the asteroid Apothos to hit the earth in 2029 although they say that isn’t likely and it will miss by 18,000 miles. Yes, all of that should just about finish off what Pelosi and Reid haven’t done to us. Sorry I got carried away, but Obama’s supporters don’t want us to be able to grow our own food or to be able to buy the supplements we feel are better for us than all their disease inducing drugs. As Glenn Beck said to several hundred thousand stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to past the Washington Monument we must return to God if we really want His guidance and inspiration to turn our country around. There’s no place else to go if congress destroy the dollar and the economy although a couple of hundred thousand have left the country since the progressive socialists took over. Those who love freedom, must unite despite our differences. Even George Soros who has largely funded the Marxists in America had been dumping stocks and buying gold. I pity him because all he has is money and a time is coming when you can’t eat it. May God bless the United States because no one else is going to do so.

    • Acushla

      I live in Australia, I am 74 years old. I have never had Flu in my life as I get Vitamin D from Sunlight. When I was 40 I started riding pushbike to work. I have not had a cold since then. When State Government put Sodium Fluoride Pesticide Poison into drinking water ignoring warning of WHO NOT to use it I started having Vomiting of saliva. This is the difference between politicians now and of my Workers Generation. My generation cared about people.

    • Granny Mae

      Richard,

      I agree with everything you just said. I’m especially interrested in vitamins and food suppliments and growing out own food. As a very small child I got whooping cough and my immune system was never good after that ! U seemed to catch everything that came along. I even had to take the dreaded bottle of fish oil that was kept in the refrigerator ! Most people never get enough vitamin D3! I believe that it is because we don’t get out in the sun today. We are warned to stay out of the sun because we will get skin cancer, or some of us take medicines that warn us not to get in the sun while taking them. Most of us work inside buildings with artificial light or we stay inside to stay cool or to stay warm in the winter time. Many people don’t drink milk which has added vitamin D, Five years ago I became very sick with double pneumonia and congestive heart failure and nearly died. I was in the intensive care unit for six days and then they still didn’t believe I was going to make it so I was sent to a nursing home to die ! I made up my mind that I was not going to give in and so I faught my way back and with the help of my dear husband I made itr. He took me out of that place and brought me home . That is when I began to get better. That man weighted on me hand and foot until I could get back on my feet. He took me out everyday to our deck where I could get some sun and breath some fresh air. I got back on my feet but still struggled with sinus infections and colds and also with a problem with my ankles and feet. I have to add here that my husband never gets sick but he spends all day outside and in the sun. In the 50 years we have been married I can remember only one time that he was ever sick with the flu and it was after he got a flu shot !!! He says it happened to him also when he was in the Army because they made him take flu shots. He has never had another flu shot and is never sick ! Anyway, I developed a serious problem with my feet as they were turning in to where I was walking on the outside edge of my foot and couldn’t turn it straight. Within a year my foot broke and I ended up in a wheel chair. I was diagnosed with chargo foot. My bones were collapsing. There was nothing they could do for me and I was to stay off my foot till it healed. After about 8 months with no progress I decided to start taking calcium and vitamine D3 every day. It was slow but I began to notice a difference. I was able to get back up on my foot a little and my heal didn’t feel detached from the rest of my foot anymore . Most important I noticed I wasn’t have the sinus infections I had been having. Today I can honestly say that I have not been sick in years. That isn’t a bad record for a person diagnosed 20 years ago with Lupus ! Had my doctors listened to me years ago I wouldn’t be in the shape I am in today however I am in better shape now than I was ! I use to carry my medicines around with me in a shopping bag !! That is no joke ! I believe that has lead to a lot of my medical problems today ! I took myself off everything and no take only my thyroid medicine and my diabetes medicine. I don’t think I would have had to take that if it hadn’t been for taking all those other meds and the doctors never taking me off any of them they just kept adding more to them. Never again. If anyone is going to kill me it will be me trying to heal myself not some doctor that thinks he knows it all ! Finally I have added one other suppliment to my calcium and D3, that is olive leaf extract ! It is a major flu fighter and during the flu season I take it every day. I have been around many sick people and never taken the flu again ! I’m sold ! I only wish I could convince others to do the same.

  • Steve

    I started taking 50,000IU per week on Doctor’s orders 14 months ago and since then I have not felt this good since I was in my 30s. My allergies are gone (I had to take Claritin every day) and last winter I never got my change of seasons colds or fly or anything else for that matter. My mood has greatly improved and it helped all of my other meds works as well. Since I selft better, I could move more and I dropped 105lbs with a little dieting and no exercise.

    It has to be quality D3 and NOT the stuff from Wal-mart or any other cheap store.

    I now take 10,000IU per day and my wife takes 5,000.

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