Some people are often looking for ways to stay healthy and live longer. Studies are constantly finding new products to extend our lifetime. Antioxidants are a good example, with new trial studies recently discovering fruits and juices with “anti-aging” properties.
A new study shows that a very simple combination can also promote longevity. Researchers discovered that older people who took vitamin D, along with calcium supplements, were nine percent less likely to die over a three-year period, compared with people who took neither supplement. The new review is the largest of its kind, and included eight randomized controlled trials, considered the strongest type of scientific evidence, said study leader Lars Rejnmark, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.
In the review, the researchers found that 5.5 percent of the 35,412 people who didn’t take vitamin D or calcium died during the study period, whereas 5.3 percent of the 35,116 people who took vitamin D died. Taking vitamin D, with or without calcium, had a significant effect on mortality rates only after three years.
Vitamin D and calcium are important throughout life, because of their role in bone health.
Calcium is one of the most important minerals to maintain a healthy body. Calcium is essential to ensure strong, healthy bones and teeth, and it also helps muscles and nerves to work properly. Milk, yogurt and cheese products are very good food sources of calcium.
Vitamin D helps you to absorb and use calcium. The greatest source of vitamin D is what the skin makes naturally when it is exposed to sunlight. Some foods such as fish, milk and soymilk are also good sources of the sunshine vitamin.