Vitamin D is a requirement for many of the body’s functions and processes. Indeed, vitamin D is involved in, and effects, such processes as helping the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, controlling the immune system and its responses, building bones, increasing muscle strength, maintaining heart health, reducing the risk of various cancers, reducing rates of multiple sclerosis, decreasing the risk of developing diabetes, reducing the chance of developing tuberculosis, and decreasing the risk of premature death. These are just some of the many functions researchers are beginning to realize vitamin D is important for. Sources of Vitamin D:
Skin exposure to sunlight
Foods such as oily fish
Older individuals are more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency, as their skin is less efficient at converting sunlight into the body’s much needed vitamin D. Further, those living in more northern or sun-deficient climates are more likely to be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency.
Another new area of discovery, in terms of vitamin D and its importance, centers on brain functioning and health. Several research studies have indicated that vitamin D is important in staving off dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. A vitamin D deficiency is associated with a significant increase in developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease though not caused by it, the correlation is strong. This is especially true in older individuals. However, in general, those with severe vitamin D deficiency, which can be confirmed by a physician ordering a blood metabolic panel, are twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than their regular Vitamin D level counterparts.
There are a number of symptoms associated with a vitamin D deficiency. These symptoms include:
Feeling a general body achiness
Gut conditions (including Crohn’s disease, Non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and Inflammatory bowel disease)
Several studies have further found that vitamin D can help reduce the risk of developing cavities. A number of individuals, after taking a vitamin D supplement, have reduced their number of cavities. Vitamin D is also important in maintaining a reduced sensitivity to allergens. Those who have a vitamin D deficiency demonstrate a greater risk and predisposition to depression. Vitamin D may also help with erectile dysfunction (ED). Many men diagnosed with ED are also more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Some research has further indicated that vitamin D may help in maintaining balance, preventing fractures, and reducing risks of fall in the elderly.
Vitamin D is an important part of natural health, get out doors, enjoy the day, take a 20 minute walk, it will provide you will the necessary Vitamin D, and restore vitality to your life. Until next time, keep fit, and have fun.