Vitamin D: What is it and why do you need it?
Commonly known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced in the body
when you are exposed to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods — including
some fish liver oils, fish, egg yolks and in fortified dairy and grain products.
Vitamin D is critical for strong bones because it helps the body absorb calcium
more efficiently. Deficiency has been associated with rickets, an illness of the bone
tissue that leads to soft bones and skeletal deformities. However, research is revealing
the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a bunch of other health problems.
Vitamin D deficiency may result in symptoms of muscle weakness and bone pain.
However, for many people, the symptoms can be understated. Yet, even minimal
symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose huge health risks. Low blood levels of the
vitamin have been associated with the following:
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
When the Vitamin D levels are replenished, the benefits are amazing. Optimal levels
of the vitamin help fight disease. Research from a 2006 study published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association shows that Vitamin D can reduce your risk
of multiple sclerosis. Other research shows that having adequate levels decreases your
chance of developing heart disease and reduces the chance you may get the flu!
Research has also shown that vitamin D may play an important role in regulating
mood and warding off depression.
That’s right, Vitamin D plays a huge role in regulating
your mood. In one study, scientists found that patients with depression who received
vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement. Moreover in people
with fibromyalgia, researchers found vitamin D deficiency was more common in those
who were also experiencing anxiety and depression.
One the coolest benefits of Vitamin D—It helps with weight loss!
If you’re trying to lose weight, supplement with Vitamin D. Vitamin D injections are a great way to
replenish and increase your body’s vitamin D level. Studies have shown that people
who take calcium and vitamin D were able to lose more weight than those who didn’t.
Apparently, the extra calcium and Vitamin D acts as an appetite suppressant.
Because Hydration Is Vital!