Do you suffer from “dry eye?” If so you have undoubtedly heard us recommend at least 2 grams of fish oil daily. In addition you have likely heard us recommend Pro-Omega D fish oil from Nordic Naturals, if your condition is severe. Interestingly enough, many of my patients taking Pro-Omega D, have also remarked on decreased joint pain and dry skin. According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases:” Dry eye and impaired tear function in patients with vitamin D deficiency may indicate a protective role of vitamin D in the development of dry eye, probably by enhancing tear film parameters and reducing ocular surface inflammation. Patients with vitamin D deficiency should be evaluated for dry eye syndromes.” Another way of looking at this is that patients with dry eye are very likely to benefit by taking Vitamin “D”.
Macular Degeneration: Vitamin D may also decrease your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) especially if you are genetically predisposed to it.
In a recent study, researchers say women under 75 who got the most vitamin D had a 59% decreased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, compared to women with the lowest vitamin D intake.
Researchers also found that the women who had a blood vitamin D level higher than 38 nmol/L had a 48% decreased risk of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A blood level of 50 nmol/L is considered sufficient, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Macular degeneration, in my experience, responds well to: Aerobics, weight loss (when needed), lower carb diets, 2 grams minimum daily of fish oil and Antioxidants. To this it now seems prudent to add 2,000 – 4,000 iu of vitamin D if you live in the North and stay in door most of the winter. Your MD should check your blood serum vitamin D levels and can give you a specific recommendation, if you wish. Foods that are helpful are oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. Vegetables that are colorful and raw such as carrots, kale, peppers and spinach. Supplements containing Zeaxanthin and lutein are also helpful.
There’s evidence that vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of many diseases: Cancer, including colon, prostate, breast, and pancreatic cancer.
Autoimmune diseases, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis,Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Infectious diseases such as flu not to mention Heart disease.
Dr Joe Ross.