Sprinkled throughout papers, billed as a panacea to cure a variety of ailments vitamin D studies provide many answers. At times conflicting answers are reported such as “Review of Vitamin D Studies Finds Little Benefit” and “Vitamin D May Slow Multiple Sclerosis.” Reading the papers about the reported benefits of vitamin D pills one is led to believe that because of a study to provide assistance in combating a particular disease that a victory is being won on the medical front. When reviewing favorable studies of preventative measures that could be taken to prolong good health, for instance in the case of preventing heart attacks; one is lead to believe that magically with a little extra dose of vitamin D, aside from the sun, could banish any worries away.
Vitamin D is a promising tool in the fight to prevent or cure illnesses simply because it has antibiotic qualities as it is capable of regulating gene expression. Among other forms of life, gene expression is used by viruses to perpetuate itself. People with vitamin D deficiencies are more prone to infections. The winter time of flu period being the most common ailments associated with a lack of vitamin D because of the season’s normal lack of sunlight and the preference to stay indoors.
Scientists and researchers consider the matter a very interesting study with great potential, although the counter results put a bit of a damper on the slow progression of the quest to find treatment or cures for heart disease, cancer, bone degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia. Vitamin D studies have provided many answers, answers both promising and frustratingly incomplete.
In pill form on the mass market, vitamin D supplements are inexpensive and readily available. Given the reports about the possibilities of treatment or prevention of debilitating or deadly illness, the public has been given a tool to take their health into their own hands. Vitamin supplements and multivitamin supplements are overwhelmingly popular is a $30 billion dollar market in the United States. However new developments provided from DMinder iPhone App could mean that people could avoid vitamin supplements all together.
The app costs $1.99 for a system that keeps a log of vitamin D intake, otherwise the application is free. What it does is gather information from the Environmental Protection Agency’s ultra violet index, the level of intensity at a given time and place. Using an algorithm of the skin type and age the app computes the best time to go outside, lie down and absorb vitamin D naturally.
In the future the app will be more versatile to estimate vitamin D absorption while standing or sitting. The DMinder iPhone App is a product from the research conducted by Boston University, however there haven’t been any clinical studies to support the new product. Nonetheless vitamin D studies provide many answers, and doubtless more research results will be released in the future just as sure as new products promoting the popular vitamin will reach the marketplace.
By Persephone Abbott