Vitamin D, Anti-aging and Sexual Wellness
It is almost impossible to have any discussion about the value of supplementation and living an anti-aging lifestyle, and not include Vitamin D. In fact, if you take no other supplement at all, you can add years to your life, and improve your health overall, simply with a daily dose of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D production is stimulated by sunlight. However, few if any of us spend enough time out of doors to get the optimal levels of vitamin D your body requires. Vitamin D is essential for the way your body processes calcium and therefore is critical to bone health. Beyond that, it is a powerful anti-oxidant that has been linked to the prevention of many auto-immune and other degenerative diseases, even cancer.
Vitamin D, Immunity and Longevity
Researchers in Germany found that vitamin D can improve your immune function by as much as five times. A U.S. study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that nearly 60% of the American population is vitamin D deficient. That study concluded, “Abnormal levels of vitamin D are associated with a whole spectrum of diseases, including cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular and autoimmune disorders.”
Have you heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? This is a legitimate medical condition where people fall into a deep depression in the winter months. Many medical professionals believe the lack of exposure to sunlight during the winter, and subsequent decreased levels of vitamin D, are at the root of SAD.
Because of its ability to kick-start your immune system, many believe that Vitamin D is more effective at preventing disease than any vaccine.
Is Vitamin D a Sex Hormone?
Vitamin D also plays a crucial role in sexual wellness, mainly as you get older. Most people are under the mistaken belief that like other vitamins, vitamin D is a nutrient. Technically, it is not, it is a hormone – actually a “pre-hormone,” and as such it is responsible for stimulating the production of other hormones, not the least of which are the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. Both men and women with Vitamin D deficiencies have reported sexual wellness issues including low libido and sex lack of sexual satisfaction.
It is normal for both men and women to experience a decline in these sex hormones as they age. Vitamin D can help make up for this loss. Both testosterone in men, and estrogen in women, also affects the production of serotonin, and other “feel good” chemicals in the brain. This can also explain why decreased levels of vitamin D can cause mood swings and lead to depression. Obviously, depression can also impact your sex life.
If you are feeling moody, or a lack of sexual desire, think about having your vitamin D levels tested. If you are found to be among the majority of Americans with inadequate levels of vitamin D, vitamin D supplementation may be all you need for a bit of bedroom boost.
Or maybe your symptoms are being caused by something else. If so, you may be a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement or some of the other sexual enhancement treatments that are now available.
The first step is to see your doctor to shine some light on the problem!