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Take A Deeper Look—Two Biomarkers of Inflammation

inflammation_diagramWhen the immune system is working properly, inflammation plays a key role in the defending the body against infection and injury. It’s is the first line of defense against viruses and bacteria and works to prevent the invaders from further damage. But when inflammation persists without this type of threat, it becomes a drain on your system. Many of your body’s functions are affected by this overheating effect, and it has a particularly strong correlation with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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Why We Need Vitamin D with the Bulletproof Executive

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“Have you had your Vitamin D today?” This could one day be a retort as common as getting leafy greens or your multivitamin.  With our lives mainly spent inside in the sunniest hours, we are missing those crucial rays to make a difference in our health. Studies have shown its correlation with reduced inflammation, cancer risk, and increased cardiovascular health.

Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Executive and upcoming author of The Better Baby Book, and our CEO, Jim Kean, sit down to discuss these benefits, specifically the effects on inflammation. In recent years the recommended amount of daily Vitamin D intake has been deemed inadequate, causing people to take in as much Vitamin D as possible to reap the health benefits. However, there exists a level at which the benefits of Vitamin D supplementation reaches its peak, and more can actually be detrimental. The optimal intake level is called a ‘set point,’ and recent literature has shown that set points can be different for everyone. Learn more from Dave and Jim in the video below.

Dave and Jim discuss how you can find out your own Vitamin D set point with periodic testing of the high sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) inflammation marker using varying levels of Vitamin D supplementation. For example, Jim’s hs-CRP marker reading was on the cusp of inflammation. After upping his Vitamin D intake, testing showed a drop in his hs-CRP to a healthier reading. However, when he increased his Vitamin D even further, his hs-CRP shot up higher than before, pushing him into the inflammatory range. From these series of tests, he was able to find his personal prescription for Vitamin D, or his ‘set point’. Considering that the hs-CRP inflammation marker is associated with risk of diseases such as cancer, dementia, cardiovascular disease, and many other chronic diseases, “if you have to take one test, this might be the one.”

What insight did you take away from this discussion of Vitamin D?

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.