Tuesday, June 3, 2008

African Americans and the Benefits of Vitamin-D

This is probably one of the most important posts I will write! It
concerns an issue that few people are aware of and particularly people
of African ancestry. Plainly stated people with dark skin who live in
temperate climates are at risk for vitamin-D deficiency!

This makes logical sense because darkly pigmented skin filters out more of the sun's ultraviolet light. Thus dark skinned people who are living in areas that do not get a lot of sun exposure and have long winters, are at increased risk of a deficiency of vitamin-D, which your body needs plenty of sunlight to bio-synthesize.

Check out my page on the benefits of vitamin-d

I found this interesting when I first read it, and then decided to do some investigating. I did a google search on diseases and health conditions that disproportionately affect people of African heritage. What I found was that many of those diseases had something to do with a lack of vitamin-D.

Diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, and prostate cancer, are among the diseases that seem to strike black people more than Caucasians. Interestingly, all of these diseases have some connection with vitamin-D deficiency!

SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder also seems to strike African Americans disproportionately. Check out my new page on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Since vitamin-D is not a drug and cannot be patented, the medical establishment shows no interest in recommending increased levels of vitamin-D supplementation for black Americans. So if you are of African extraction, and you do not live close to the equator, then you need to ensure that you and your family are getting adequate amounts of vitamin-D daily.

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