Importance Of Vitamin D

Importance Of Vitamin D In Health

Vitamin D is an underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition.  It encourages the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body. Your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Only direct sun light rays can produce vitamin D, it cannot be produced if you are sitting inside your home or in a car as natural sunlight cannot penetrate the glass or any other object. The only reliable way to generate sufficient quantity of vitamin D, to fulfill the need of your body is sun light. It is not possible to get adequate quantity of vitamin D from your diet or prepare in the laboratory as medicine. If you are residing far from equator i.e. in Canada, UK and most of the states of USA, you need longer exposure to sun to generate vitamin D for your requirement. People with dark skin pigmentation need much more exposure to sun in comparison with the people of light skin to produce the same amount of vitamin D.

Most of the pregnant women and old age people are at the risk of deficiency of vitamin D as they are less likely to spend their time in sun. In older age there are few receptors in the skin that convert sunlight to vitamin D. People over the age of 65 years are at very high risk of vitamin D deficiency as they may not get vitamin in their diet or may have problem in absorbing vitamin D from their diet. Supplement of vitamin D is necessary for older people, people living far from equator and dark skinned people who need more exposure to the sun. Dark skinned people due to sunlight deficiency are at the risk of prostate cancer epidemic.

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Vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining proper bone structure. It is activated by your kidneys and lever before use. Kidney disease or lever damage can greatly impair your body’s ability to activate circulating vitamin D. Vitamin D is the one of the most powerful healing chemical in your body and your body produce it. Adequate level of vitamin D can be restored through exposure to sun light. Body fats works like a kind of storage of battery for vitamin D as only a week time exposure to sunlight without sunscreen can make up for about one and a half month of no sunlight exposure. Anti-oxidants greatly boost your ability to handle sunlight without burning and good source of anti-oxidants are super food like pomegranate, Acai and blueberries, etc.

Health benefits and importance of vitamin D

1. Adequate quantity of vitamin D in your body is crucial for absorption of calcium and phosphorus which have various functions, especially maintaining healthy bones and helps to save your body from the problem of Osteoporosis.
2. Sufficient quantity of vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and depression.

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3. It is an immune system regulator that helps to protect your body particularly children from common cold.
4. As per research carried out at the medical college Georgia, USA vitamin D is linked to maintain healthy body weight.
5. Vitamin D also reduces the severity and frequency of asthma symptoms.
6. It also reduces the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women.
7. High vitamin D dose can help people to recover more rapidly from tuberculosis.
8. Sun exposure reduces 2-3 times a week, reduces 50%-70% risk of developing diabetes and cancer.

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9. Vitamin is also used to treat psoriasis.