NEW YORK, April 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Despite the spring and summer seasons, the likelihood that Americans are getting enough vitamin D from the sun or dietary sources like fatty fish and fortified milk is statistically very low according to Dr. Ken Redcross, who stresses the importance of knowing your levels in order to increase vitamin D levels through supplementation to reach 40-60 ng/ml.

“The research behind the positive health effects vitamin D has on health is mounting to a level that can no longer be ignored by western medicine,” said Redcross, who recently launched Redcross Wellness, a personalized health and wellness company designed to provide quality care that is affordable and accessible to anyone. “Vitamin D is a supplement that’s accessible, affordable and available to anyone, and further we have a way to measure it. Once you know your vitamin D level, you have the knowledge to make positive health changes that can have a huge influence on disease prevention.”

The Centers for Disease Control labels vitamin D deficiency as the third most common nutrient deficiency in America and as a “nutrient of concern.” Most Americans are deficient in vitamin D including: 70 percent of whites, 80 percent of Latinos and Asians and 97 percent of African Americans.

“I’m on a personal mission to make more Americans aware of their vitamin D levels and to use supplementation as a tool to correct this nutrient deficiency,” said Redcross, whose forthcoming book “Bond: The 4 Cornerstones of a Lasting and Caring Relationship with Your Doctor,” will be released this fall. “Vitamin D deficiencies are associated with a multitude of health concerns, including an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, preterm births and heart disease. Prevention is the key to the future of our health care; individuals and our government will not be able to keep pace with treating disease, so we need to get more serious about averting poor health conditions in the first place.”

Taking a blood test is the best way to find out if you’re deficient in vitamin D. Ask your doctor for a vitamin D test, or test your own levels at home with a home test kit (www.nutrientpower.org). If your levels are not between 40-60 ng/ml, Redcross recommends vitamin D supplementation and is offering a free, two-month supply of vitamin D to get Americans started on the path to good health at www.FreeRedcrossD.com.

“If you are trying to use the sun as your source of vitamin D, remember you have to be in direct sunlight for about 20 minutes a day wearing only 50 percent of clothing without any sunscreen and without burning,” said Redcross. “This isn’t practical for most of us so supplementation provides the answer, especially since the vitamin D you need cannot be absorbed from food alone. The vitamin D that I recommend through Redcross Wellness only needs to be taken once a week to get a full week supply of vitamin D.”

Certain groups of people are more prone to vitamin D deficiency, including: adults 55 years and older, office workers, people with darker skin tones, vegans and vegetarians, people with a body mass index greater than 30, chronic headache sufferers, those on certain prescription medications and patients diagnosed with arthritis, fibromyalgia, IBD or depression.

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