Are Vitamin C Pills Good For You?

Are Vitamin C Pills Good For You?

“Are Vitamin C Pills Good for You?” Last year we learned that vitamin A and vitamin E supplements weren’t just a waste of money, but we were actually paying to live, on average, a shorter life— whereas vitamin D supplements were shown to increase our lifespan. Let’s keep filling in the alphabet: vitamin C. Did …

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Will You Live Longer if You Take Vitamin D Supplements?

Will You Live Longer if You Take Vitamin D Supplements?

“Will You Live Longer if You Take Vitamin D Supplements?” In 1822, a Polish physician was the first to publish that sunlight could cure the vitamin D deficiency disease: rickets. His work was ignored by mainstream medicine for a century, not coming into widespread use until the 20th century, when wire cages were affixed to …

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Is Vitamin D3 Better Than D2?

Is Vitamin D3 Better Than D2?

years ago was shown that vitamin D isn’t just the sunshine environment for us but for mushrooms as well you take some shiitakes for example put them under a sunlamp for an hour and they make vitamin D just like we do lounging at the pool now most mushrooms you buy the store don’t have …

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Are Calcium Supplements Effective?

Are Calcium Supplements Effective?

“Are Calcium Supplements Effective?” There has been an assumption for decades that as a natural element, calcium supplements must intrinsically be safe, but calcium supplementation is neither natural nor risk-free, but the same could be said for every medication on the planet. Yet doctors continue to write billions of prescriptions for drugs every year because …

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The Optimal Dose of Vitamin D Based on Natural Levels

The Optimal Dose of Vitamin D Based on Natural Levels

“The Optimal Dose of Vitamin D Based on Natural Levels” If everyone took 2,000 units of vitamin D a day, it could shift the curve from average blood levels in the mid-50’s to about a 110, which some estimate could add years to our life expectancy. Data derived from randomized clinical trials have convinced some …

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The Economics of Death: Crash Course Econ #30

The Economics of Death: Crash Course Econ #30

Hi, I’m Adriene Hill, this is Crash Course Economics, and today, we need to have a little talk about a subject that most people try to avoid. Death. We’re all going to die. Now, I know from our demographic analytics that most of you are young, and you’re statistically likely to live quite a bit …

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Vitamin Supplements Worth Taking

Vitamin Supplements Worth Taking

“Vitamin Supplements Worth Taking” In terms of longevity, there’s one last supplement to consider: Vitamin D. Who votes shorter life? Who votes the same life expectancy? Longer life? Vitamin D seems to be the only supplement that can actually make us live longer. Before we start the next round, I want to note the two …

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The Difficulty of Arriving at a Vitamin D Recommendation

The Difficulty of Arriving at a Vitamin D Recommendation

“The Difficulty of Arriving at a Vitamin D Recommendation” Figuring our what level of vitamin D supplementation is necessary to bring one’s level up to a specific blood level, like 30 nanograms per milliliter— the level associated with the longest lifespan— is not as easy as one might think. For example, here are seven people …

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Vitamin D and mortality may be a U-shaped curve

Vitamin D and mortality may be a U-shaped curve

“Vitamin D and Mortality May Be a U-Shaped Curve” The Institute of Medicine raised their vitamin D recommendations, based on a blood level target of 20 [nanograms per milliliter], to prevent bone-softening disorders, such as rickets. Although the Institute’s target of 20 may prevent the “overt skeletal deformities associated with rickets, there is now,” according …

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Vitamin D Supplements May Be Necessary

Vitamin D Supplements May Be Necessary

“Vitamin D Supplements May Be Necessary” How much sun exposure might one need to get their target vitamin D level to that found associated with the lowest total mortality rate? Well, it depends. It depends on our age, how long we’re exposed, the time of day, the time of year, our latitude, our skin color, …

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