Previous research indicated there may be a link between vitamin D and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Now scientists have clarified the mode of action: vitamin D3 (the active form) activates certain genes responsible for cleaning up amyloid-beta protein. This protein is the main ingredient of the plaques in brain cells that are believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Yet another great reason to find out: are you among the two-thirds of Americans with insufficient vitamin D? Time to get your blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D checked. Maybe this new research will motivate you, if you’ve managed to ignore the benefits of vitamin D in preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, seasonal affective disorder, autoimmune diseases, etc., etc….