10 Things to Know About Vitamin D


I.      Vitamin D is a nutrient made by the body.  It can be synthesized after exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.  The Mayo Clinic asserts that “as little as 10 minutes of exposure is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies.”

II.      Vitamin D is found naturally in some foods and added to others.  Sources of vitamin D include milk, soy milk, beef, sardines, eggs, liver, salmon, Swiss cheese, fish oil, cod liver oil, orange juice, halibut, and oatmeal.  

III.      Vitamin D prevents diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, muscle wasting, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, depression and birth defects.

IV.      Vitamin D affects the health of several parts of the body: brain, thyroid, nerves, prostate, skin tissue, bone, kidneys, pancreas, liver and intestines.

V.     Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating calcium deposition and bone formation.  The main function of vitamin D is to contribute to normal ranges of phosphorus and calcium in the blood.  It also works with hormones, minerals, and other vitamins to promote bone mineralization.

VI.      Low vitamin D levels have been linked to obesity. Research shows an inverse correlation between circulating vitamin D levels and body mass index, weight, abdominal fat and subcutaneous fat.

VII.      Low vitamin D levels have been associated with autoimmune conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.

VIII.     Vitamin D deficiency in children may cause rickets (weak bones).  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children attain blood levels of vitamin D of at least 50 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L).   
IX.      Vitamin D deficiency in adults may cause osteomalacia (softening of the bones).  Symptoms include bone fractures that happen without a real injury, muscle weakness, and widespread bone pain, especially in the hips.
X.    Vitamin D deficiency is generally linked to one or more of the following: inadequate intake, inability to convert to its active form, poor intestinal absorption, and limited expose to sunlight.

Check your vitamin D levels quickly and effectively to determine a deficiency.  

Supplement your diet with high-grade vitamin D softgels.

Jennifer Cebulak

Research Editor


[1] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-d/NS_patient-vitamind/DSECTION=dosing



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