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Slash your risk of injury with this common nutrient

You remember those hokey old TV ads: “I’VE FALLEN… AND I CAN’T GET UP!”

You probably laughed your rear end off when you first saw them 20 or 30 years ago.

Well, friend, who’s laughing now? Today, you’re older – and you know all too well how quickly a fall can leave you on your own rear end.

It can do more than hurt.

It can change your life in a flash, leaving you with serious and possibly crippling injuries.

Don’t worry, I’m not here to sell those little beepers.

I’ve got something better – something that can slash your risk of ever falling in the first place, so you’ll never have to be like the old folks in those ads, stuck to the floor and crying out for help.

It’s safe… cheap (or even free)… and new research shows it’s highly effective at helping keep older folks upright.

It’s vitamin D!

In a new study, older folks were given a number of different programs to help cut the risk of fall.

But at the end of the day, the only one that really mattered was 900 IU of vitamin D daily, combined with an extremely gentle exercise program done just twice a week.

Over three months, some 28 percent of the folks who didn’t get the vitamin D ended up falling.

Over those same three months, only 8 percent of the folks given the D and gentle twice-a-week exercises had the same problem.

That’s a difference of 72.4 percent!

These aren’t just fewer falls, my friend. These are better lives – because in too many cases, you can’t just pick yourself up and dust yourself off after a spill.

You could be in pain for weeks or months… or even suffer a permanent injury.

These were older folks in their 80s living in senior homes because they needed some extra help, so they were probably frailer than you.

But D can still help you, too, because it can help strengthen muscle and bone. That keeps you stronger, which means you’re steadier so you’re unlikely to take a spill.

And if you do happen to go down, that extra strength can help make sure you can bounce back up like a gymnast… instead calling out for help because you can’t get up.

The 900 IU used in the study is what I’d call a “good start.”

For maximum benefits of D – including heart protection, a cut in cancer risk and stronger immune function – get a little daily sun exposure plus a supplement with somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 IU per day.

Your doc can help you figure out exactly how much you need.

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