Vitamin D3 is the hottest vitamin out there today, and we’re finding it out that it plays a critical role in lengthening our DNA and chromosome protecting telomeres.

In a 2007 study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they looked at 2,160 women, those with higher vitamin D levels had fewer aging-related changes in their DNA. They were also more likely to have longer telomeres, actually, a positive 5 years difference in telomere aging, slowing the aging of their cells.

There’s also a double blind, randomized and placebo-controlled clinical trial published in the June 2012 International Journal of Obesity. They looked to see if vitamin D would positively impact the telomeres of overweight adults, keep in mind, most of us, nearly 80% of Americans are over weight or obese.

The researchers said, “our data suggest that vitamin D may improve telomere maintenance and counteract acceleration of cellular aging.” Translation: vitamin D kept their cells from decaying too fast…and guess what?

Telomerase activity shot up by nearly 20%. Telomerase is sometimes called your “fountain of youth” enzyme. And that’s why we included the clinically relevant level of 2,000 IUs of Vitamin D in our broad-spectrum, high potency TeloVite multivitamin.

Benefits of Vitamin D3:

  • Calcium absorption – Adequate vitamin D levels in the body are necessary in order for calcium to be absorbed.
  • Osteoporosis – Adequate calcium and vitamin D throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Fall prevention – Individuals with a vitamin D deficiency have a higher risk of experiencing falls. However, falls can be reduced by 22% in older adults if they are taking vitamin D supplements.
  • Healthy myelin sheath surrounding the nerves – Population-based research has shown that long-term supplementation with vitamin D helps to promote a healthy myelin sheath surrounding the nerves. This helps to decrease the risk of damage to the myelin sheath by up to 40%.
  • Joint health – Population-based research has shown that older women who have a higher intake of vitamin D from foods or supplements tend to have a higher incidence of promoting joint health.
  • Healthy cell replication – Higher blood levels of vitamin D from various sources (e.g., food, supplements, and sun exposure) may be associated with a 17% greater likelihood of overall healthy cell division and replication, a 43% greater likelihood of healthy gastrointestinal cell replication, a 50% greater likelihood of healthy breast cell replication
  • Healthy blood glucose levels – Research has shown that adults with the highest levels of vitamin D had a 55% increased likelihood of maintaining healthy blood sugar levels already within normal ranges.
  • Premenstrual symptoms (PMS) – Increasing total or dietary intake of vitamin D is associated with a decreased risk of developing premenstrual symptoms or PMS.  Women who consume an average of 706 mg daily of vitamin D appear to have about a 40% lower risk of developing PMS in comparison to women consuming 112 mg daily of vitamin D.
  • Moodiness – In older adults (aged 65-95), researchers found that vitamin D levels were 14% lower in subjects experiencing occasional moodiness or “the blues”.
  • Cardiovascular health – Vitamin D plays a role in helping to regulate healthy heart and blood pressure functions. In fact, research has found that middle-aged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D increase their likelihood of experiencing healthy cardiovascular function by 33%.
  • Memory – A European study of mean between the ages of 40 and 79 found that high levels of vitamin D were associated with high scores on memory test.
  • Wellness – Research from the University of Colorado found that people with the lowest amount of vitamin D in their blood experienced a lesser degree of seasonal wellness.