General Health

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

You probably need more Vitamin D3…

Vitamin D is very important for every aging man. It can help to prevent a range of diseases including prostate cancer. Vitamin D also helps promote healthy prostate size. It reduces inflammation and helps the body to heal after prostate procedures such as prostate biopsies.

When we are discussing Vitamin D what we are really referring to is Vitamin D3. In fact, it is a hormone as well. It can also be referred to as the chemical cholecalciferol.

When we are exposed to UVB rays, our body produces this chemical. This has an effect on many areas of health and wellbeing. Vitamin D3 can have a positive impact on appetite, weight, sleep patterns. It can also help the body to fight certain diseases and cancers, including prostate cancer.

Vitamin D for prostate health

Vitamin D deficiency increases your chance of developing prostate cancer. That’s because Vitamin D3 is important for promoting overall prostate health.

Studies have shown that it is more likely to find lower Vitamin D levels in men who already have prostate cancer than in men who don’t have the illness. Vitamin D can also help facilitate a faster recovery. It reduces risks of complications for those who have undergone prostate biopsy procedures.

A man’s prostate specific antigen (PSA) count can also be controlled with the help of Vitamin D. Researchers have found when men took Vitamin D it helped to lower their PSA count.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition where the prostate becomes enlarged. Yet Vitamin D helps to reduce prostate enlargement. Recent research has found that Vitamin D has certain anti-inflammatory properties which reduce BPH symptoms and promote healthy prostate size. The anti-inflammatory effects of Vitamin D will also be beneficial for men suffering from prostatitis.

Other benefits of Vitamin D

While Vitamin D can have a wide range of positive effects on prostate health, it is also important for other areas of men’s health too. Getting the right amount of Vitamin D can help keep the heart healthy. It reduces the risk of strokes and helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate.

This increases bone density, reduces the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as other related health problems.

Vitamin D also has a positive impact on mental wellbeing. Studies have linked Vitamin D deficiency to depression. An increase in Vitamin D can relieve symptoms of depression and promote good mental health. Vitamin D is also important in preventing other cancers such as colon cancer.

How much Vitamin D do you need?

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin D is 600IU. For anyone over the age of 71, this increases to 800IU.

This is because as you age, the amount of Vitamin D3 your body can produce during an hour in the sun dramatically decreases. Aging also brings the increased risks of developing BHP, prostate cancer, heart disease, hypertension, strokes, high cholesterol and diabetes. This is why it is so important to make sure that you get the right amount of Vitamin D as you get older.

However, these estimates are much lower than the recommended RDA of 5000IU by the Vitamin D Council. This is based on research which shows that populations with regular, year-round sun exposure have average Vitamin D levels of 46 ng/ml. 

From an evolutionary perspective, this is an important point. Our clothing habits and reduced time spent outdoors means our Vitamin D intake has dropped far below optimal levels. Further research has shown that for your average, normal weight person, 5000IU/day was needed to obtain Vitamin D levels of 40 ng/ml.

How to get the right amount of Vitamin D each day

While our bodies are fully equipped to make Vitamin D3 from exposure to sunlight, 40% of people in the US are still deficient in this vitamin. And during winter we become even more deficient. There is less sunlight, and we tend to spend more time indoors.

The best way to get the optimal amount Vitamin D3 is by taking a daily supplement.

Ben’s Total Health supplements are a fantastic way of ensuring you’re are getting the maximum amount of Vitamin D each day. They contain 5000 IU of Vitamin D which are based on the recommendations above. This is between 5 and 10 times the amount of vitamin D3 in any other multivitamin supplement. By taking this amount, you will reduce susceptibility to health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.

Ben’s Total Health will ensure you get the optimal amount of Vitamin D3 to help increase prostate health. These supplements also contain a variety of other essential vitamins and minerals to help keep the prostate, and rest of the body well maintained and healthy.


Are you at risk of Vitamin D deficiency?

You may be at risk of Vitamin D deficiency the further you away from the equator you live. You may also be at risk if you live somewhere that doesn’t get much sunshine.

Individuals over 50 have a higher risk of being Vitamin D deficiency as do those with dark skin, those who are obese, and those with liver damage or kidney disease.

Other diseases that may increase your risk of Vitamin D deficiency include Celiac disease and other inflammatory bowel conditions. If you are concerned about being Vitamin D deficient then your doctor can perform a simple blood test to confirm whether or not you are in fact deficient in Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a vital tool in maintaining the body and mind’s overall health and wellbeing. It is vital that as we age we understand that the body’s ability to produce Vitamin D3 decreases as our need for it increases. It is also vital to take action to prevent a Vitamin D deficiency developing that can have a negative impact on our overall health and wellbeing.

So eat well. Get outside in the sun as much as possible. Take a daily supplement with the optimal amount of Vitamin D3. All of this will ensure that your body gets the levels of Vitamin D3 it requires to keep your prostate, immune system and mental health in the best condition possible.

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