Mushroom and alfafa also have vitamin D that can kill cancer cells if you don't like the sun.
Why Vitamin D Is Important?
You now know sunshine is the cure if you don’t get enough vitamin D in your diet, right? Well, not so fast … sunshine isn’t always enough.
The problem is that even when it’s sunny you might not get enough vitamin D. In a study from the city of Calgary – one of the sunniest places in Canada – almost every person measured had a vitamin D deficiency ... 97 percent of them!
And in Australia, one of the sunniest places on earth, an osteoporosis study found over 43 percent of people had low vitamin D levels during the winter.
A recent study from the prestigious Archives of Internal Medicine found that an astounding most people don’t get enough vitamin D. That’s a shame because vitamin D might just be your best defense against the modern world. For example:
• High vitamin D levels can lower the rate of ALL cancers by 77%
• People with the highest levels of vitamin D have a 43% lower rate of heart disease.
• Men with the highest levels of vitamin D have less skin cancer.
• Women with high vitamin D levels have 20% less bone loss and fractures
• People with high vitamin D levels have 20% lower rates of gum disease.
• People with the most vitamin D have a 55% lower rate of diabetes. And
• vitamin D is a mood enhancer, too.
You see, our ancestors lived naked in the sun for millions of years.
But over time, we started to migrate north where there was less sun. We put on clothes, built houses, drove cars, and got jobs. We spent more time indoors… and when we did go out, we wore sunscreen.
All of these lifestyle changes reduced the levels of vitamin D in our bodies.
Suddenly, diseases of civilization began to occur. The same diseases prevented by vitamin D. We were forced to shift our focus from fighting wild animals to fighting a health disaster created by our man-made environment.
The “minimum daily requirement” of vitamin D is based on preventing a childhood disease called rickets. So you’d think our youth would be protected. Yet when 380 infants and 6,000 children were tested:
• 12% of infants were deficient.
• 40% of infants had less than optimal levels – and one-third already showed signs of bone loss!
• 9% of children, or 7.6 million were deficient.
• 61% of children, or 50.8 million, had less than optimal levels.
Adults also believe they only need the minimum requirement. But if you raise the level of vitamin D, you can prevent cancers, fractures, type 1 diabetes, and many autoimmune disorders:
Let’s look at cancer for a moment. In a separate study, a group of healthy women took either a placebo, calcium alone, or vitamin D with calcium. In four year’s time, most of the placebo group developed cancer. But 77% of the women who took vitamin D with calcium were cancer free.
You can choose to be sick or healthy simply by increasing your vitamin D.
Even if you have the best intentions, there are a dozen obstacles to getting enough vitamin D:
1. We wear clothing.
2. We wear sunscreen.
3. We don’t migrate with the sun.
4. We don’t live near the equator.
5. We work inside during the day.
6. We drive cars that block the sun.
7. We may have excess body fat that doesn’t absorb as well.
8. We may be older in years with less ability to absorb as well.
9. We may have dark skin pigmentation that doesn’t absorb as well.
10. We develop food allergies and intolerances that prevent absorption.
11. We adhere to diets such as strict vegetarianism that prevent absorption.
12. We take certain drugs, antibiotics, or corticosteroids that prevent absorption.
The next time you go in for a physical, ask your doctor to check your level of vitamin D. It’s a simple, inexpensive test that provides valuable information.
Vitamin D Deficiency Can Cause:
• osteoporosis (metabolic bone disease),
• increased body fat,
• unexplained muscle pain,
• impaired lung function,
• respiratory infections and even
• a depressed sex drive.
How To Obtain Vitamin D Besides Sunshine?
So whether sunshine is in short supply (or if you’re simply not getting enough of it), how do you ensure you have enough vitamin D? Of course, you can get it from:
Did you know that mushrooms are the only vegetable in the world with vitamin D in them? And it almost seems like there are as many different types of mushrooms as there are ways to eat them.
Here’s a list of common mushrooms and their vitamin D levels. The levels is measured in International Units (IU) of Vitamin D for per cup of mushrooms:
- Maitake, raw, diced: 786
- Morel, raw: 136
- Chanterelle, raw, whole: 114
- Shiitake, dried: 60
- Oyster, raw, sliced: 25
- Shiitake, raw: 18
- Portabella sliced: 17
- Portabella, raw, diced: 9
- White, raw, whole: 5
- Brown, Italian, Crimini, raw, whole: 3
- Enoki, raw, sliced or whole: 3
The herb alfalfa is one of the richest sources of vitamins you can get from a plant, with high levels of vitamins A, E and K. And alfalfa sprouts contain 150 percent more amino acids than corn or wheat.
There are about 267 IU of vitamin D in each ounce (1.25 cups) of alfalfa leaves. You can eat them raw in a sandwich or salad, or sauté them like spinach.
But the best way to prepare alfalfa leaves is to steam them in a basket above boiling water for about five minutes until they’re tender. They make a great side dish.
|Other selected Food Sources of Naturally Occurring Vitamin D:|
3) Cod Liver Oil- 1 tablespoon= 1360 IU
4) Salmon (cooked)- 3.5 ounces= 360 IU
5) Sardines (canned)- 3.5 ounces= 270 IU
6) Tuna (canned)- 3 ounces= 200 IU
7) Egg (yolk)- 1 egg= 25 IU
8) Beef Liver (cooked)- 3.5 ounces= 15 IU
9) Swiss Cheese- 1 ounces= 12 IU