Vitamin D will help you to live longer

Imagine a pill that can help you to cheat death -- one that's safe, inexpensive and widely available.

The mainstream will tell you that pill's an aspirin, or maybe a statin. You and I know that's not true, because both of those drugs come with major risks and are proven to hurt far more often than they help.

But there is a pill that really can add years to your life, even if you're not sick.

It's simple, safe, inexpensive and highly effective.

It's vitamin D, of course, proven to help with everything from bone and brain health to immune support, which is why new research confirms that the lower your levels, the higher your risk of a premature demise from any cause.

And if your D levels drop below optimal levels -- to the levels most Americans have right now -- you're facing double the risk of an early death, according to the new study of 566,583 people from 14 countries tracked for nearly a decade.

What's remarkable about the study isn't just the outcome. We've seen that before.

But no matter how many times we've seen it, researchers and doctors claim we need more studies before they can recommend vitamin D supplements.

Not this time.

No, the researchers behind this one are urging people to take supplements of up to 4,000 IUs of vitamin D per day, which is right in line with my own recommendations of 2,000 IUs to 5,000 IUs per day, depending on diet, lifestyle and other factors.

The goal here isn't to just pop a supplement and consider yourself done, but to make sure you raise your blood levels of D to the optimal zone. The new study calls for 30 nanograms per milliliter or more, and that's a good start when you consider that two-thirds of us fall short of even those levels.

But personally, I think you should aim a little higher. Emerging science shows that you need at least 35 ng/ml for optimal health.

A holistic doctor can check your levels to determine how much you need, help you decide the best way to get it, and then follow up to make sure the supplements are doing their job.