Vitamin D: The ‘pointless’ vitamin that cured joint pain

  • British vitamin D backlash in the Daily Mail kicks back against ‘pointless’ supplements
  • “I have not had a cold in three years” says one reader
  • Why the health media is on a merry-go-round

At the beginning of the month, I wrote to you about a new vitamin D controversy.

Having been strongly vocal in his support of supplementation, Professor Tim Spector appeared in the Daily Mail, denouncing it as ‘pointless’.

As I said in my newsletter at the time, there is ample proof that vitamin D helps many Britons overcome a lack of sunshine…

And plenty of studies that show a significant effect on bone and brain health, as well as the immune system.

Just to give you a few examples:

  • A study published in the Journal of Gerontology has showed that low levels of vitamin D caused a 30% increase in mobility problems for the elderly.
  • Another one in the Journal of Autoimmunity showed that vitamin D can prevent rheumatoid arthritis.
  • And another study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that you can lower your risk of getting cancer by more than 50% simply by boosting your vitamin D levels.

Anyway, it seems like the controversial Mail article touched a lot of nerves.

A few days after they published their article dismissing vitamin D supplements, they published another one that shared their readers’ outraged responses.

“I have not had a cold in three years”

Many claimed that their daily vitamin D boost helped relieve a range of symptoms, from joint pain to bone pain and depression.

Janet Byrne, who suffers from polymyalgia rheumatica said: “Three weeks after taking the supplement I felt very much better physically and my depression lifted.”

Wendy Jeffries, a 75 year-old with osteoporosis, said: “Since I have been taking the vitamins, tests have shown that my bone density has begun to increase again.”

And 54 year-old Katie Woodiss-Field told the paper how she suffered from stiff, aching legs. When she went for tests, she discovered that she had very low levels of vitamin D and was prescribed a strong supplement.

“One day, about three months later,” she said, “the ache just disappeared. It was like when you have a headache for a week and then you wake up and it’s gone.”

Finally, David Bentley pointed out that in the winter of 2017 he had six colds, but after taking the recommended dose of vitamin D: “I have not had a cold in three years.”

Of course, this is typical of how health matters are dealt with in many mainstream media outlets.

First, they SLAM a popular remedy or food as being overrated, or ineffective, or even dangerous…

That gets the paper lots of clicks, likes, shares, angry emojis and – ultimately – sales.

Next, they create an article that goes in the opposite direction, fighting back against the claims they published.

Again, this gets the paper lots of clicks, likes, shares, angry emojis and – ultimately – sales.

We see the same thing with articles about red wine, coffee, nuts, superfoods, omega-3…

One week, they’re good for you…

The next, they’re not to be touched with a bargepole.

It’s the classic media merry-go-round!

For example, back in 2019, The Guardian took out a hit piece on supplements, saying that topping up vitamin and minerals was ‘useless’ for better brain health.

If you remember, I gave it short thrift in this newsletter – you can read my post about it here: Why The Guardian is Wrong About this Claim

Of course, they have since published plenty of articles that totally go against that claim.

But it doesn’t really matter which side a newspaper picks, because it all makes good copy and that’s what’s most important.

They want to keep people coming back to read more, and also keep them engaged in the ‘below the line’ comments and social media debates.

Anyway, if you’re interested in reading more about vitamin D’s benefits, check out this post I wrote a few years ago – Not feeling quite yourself? It could be this hidden problem

It’s about how many common health niggles could be down to a vitamin D deficiency – and why it’s such an easy fix if you have access to a decent supplement.

Because when it comes down to it, the efficacy of the supplement that you take depends on the quality and the process through which it is created.

There are a lot on the market and they are not all the same in the way that the body absorbs and utilises the vitamin.

Which is why we recommend a wholefood-based form of vitamin D like this one, which we are offering in a combination pack along with vitamin C: High Strength Bio-available Vitamin D and C

I’ll be back with more soon!