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Vitamin D and Your Brain
By Brazos Minshew, TriVita Chief Science Officer
I recently read an article in the medical and scientific literature that discussed the role of Vitamin D in the human brain. The article correlated the low levels of Vitamin D in the bloodstream with high levels of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and oppositional-defiant disorder. The most important discussions, however, were about the role of Vitamin D in two plagues: autism and Alzheimers disease.
The number of people diagnosed with autism is increasing at an epidemic rate. Greater than 1 in 150 children born today will have autism. The gender rate is also alarming: Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
No one can agree as to the cause of autism. This may be because there is more than one cause. In fact, the last time I counted there were 11 suspected causes. However, two things that nearly all children have in common are poor methylation (inability to use Vitamin B-12 to create whole proteins) and poor hydroxylation (inability to convert inactive Vitamin D into its active form). The most common cause for these defects is toxicity: environmental toxins and/or geno-toxins (poisons created by abnormal genes).
There are three characteristics of Alzheimers disease in the human brain: neurofibrillary tangles, beta-amyloid plaques and glial cell inflammation. Interestingly, some people with plaques and tangles, but no inflammation, appear to function normally into their advanced years. It is brain inflammation that seems to be the spark which lights the fire of Alzheimers disease.
Vitamin D may help reduce inflammation in the brain. A notable attribute of Alzheimers disease victims is low levels of Vitamin D.
The same two problems that exist in children with autism also afflict adults with Alzheimers disease: poor methylation (inability to use Vitamin B-12 to create whole proteins) and poor hydroxylation (inability to convert inactive vitamin D into its active form). Methylation is measured by a blood test for homocysteine. And one of the ways to measure hydroxylation is with a blood test for Vitamin D.
Are autism and Alzheimers disease related? At this point it is hard to say; perhaps it is even impossible to say that they are connected conditions. But they share remarkably similar imbalances in biochemistry and they share at least two common deficiencies: Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D.
Certainly, it would be an amazing coincidence if they were not somehow linked, do you not think?
In the 1990s I was overwhelmed by the mountains of evidence linking homocysteine to the increase in autism and Alzheimers disease. This was eventually linked back to a methylation defect that led to poor protein formation and Vitamin B-12 metabolism. Now, we are seeing new mountains of evidence emerging about hydroxylation defects leading to poor hormone formation and Vitamin D metabolism.
We can say with greater certainty than ever before that these imbalances are caused by toxicity, deficiency, injury and stress. Let us increase our efforts to combat these causes and reduce the chance of being victimized by the effects!
Take Control of Your Health
Add Vitamin D blood tests to your regular medical check-up
Get your Vitamin D:
Through safe sun exposure
Through the right supplements such as Essential D
Through brassica vegetables, which help increase hydroxylation:
Add homocysteine blood tests to your regular medical check-up
Get your Vitamin B-12:
Through foods rich in B-12, including:
Through sublingual supplements which help reduce homocysteine such as:
Super Sublingual B-12
Keep your level of brain inflammation low
By reducing inflammatory toxins in your environment
By protecting yourself from head injury
By supplementing with anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as those found in Nopalea.
Take the Wellness Challenge.
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