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The sun offers you more than just a tan. It also gives you Vitamin D,an importantnutrientwhich is often overlooked. Emerging research suggests that vitamin Dwith
its widespread health benefits, may be one of the best vitamins of all for your body.
A few years ago, we know Vitamin D as a secondary nutrient that helped our body absorb
calcium to prevent brittle bones (osteoporosis) and bone fractures. Recently, researchers
have found that vitamin D may help reduce the risk of other diseases as well.
Health Benefits of Vitamin D
As we age, our muscle strength reduces. This can increase the risk of falls and bone
fractures. Several studies have found that Vitamin D supplements may improve muscle
strength and balance, helping the elderly remain steadier on their feet.
A large number of studies show that low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of
some cancers, including breast, colorectal, prostate, ovary, kidney, lung and uterus
cancer. Adequate amounts of Vitamin D can help regulate cellular growth, potentially
preventing cells from becoming cancerous.
Chronic Pain Relief
Vitamin D deficiencyhas been linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions such
as arthritis and chronic back pain. An extra dose of this sunshine vitamin may provide
Protection Against Autoimmune Diseases
Deficiency in Vitamin D has been widely associated with type 1 diabetes, multiple
sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin D reduces inflammation and strengthening
the immune system. In one study, researchers found a 40% lower risk of multiple sclerosis
in women who supplemented their diet daily with at least 400 IU of vitamin d.
Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Some research indicates that vitamin D malnutrition is associated with a number of
factors that affect cardiovascular health, including coronary artery calcification
and, possibly, congestive heart failure.
Vitamin D deficiencymay also be linked to an increased susceptibility to several
chronic diseases such as tuberculosis, periodontal disease, seasonal affective disorder
(SAD), cognitive impairment and rickets.
Food Sources of Vitamin D
You can find manyVitamin D fortified foodsin your grocery store, including breakfast
cereals, bread, margarine, milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products. Salmon,
herring, tuna and mackerel, as well as fish liver oils are also rich sources of Vitamin
D. Vitamin D is also present in other foods like beef liver, egg yolks and mushrooms.
So, how much vitamin D is enough? Diet alone may not give you enough Vitamin D. A
combination of daily intake in the range of 800 to 1000 IU of vitamin D and exposure
to sunlight is likely to benefit most adults.
If you live near the tropics, simply by exposing your unprotected skin to 2 sessions
of 15 minutes of sunlight weekly, your body will naturally produce adequate amounts
of Vit D.
If you're unable to get sufficient sun exposure (especially during winter months),
you'll definitely benefit from Vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D supplement can be
purchased alone or combined with calcium.