Vitamin D is an important nutrient of which many people don’t realise the importance. It triggers about 2,000 processes in the body and plays an important role for the immune system. Also bones and the vascular system need this ‘ingredient’ to function. It contributes to the mineralisation of bones and a deficiency can cause osteoporosis or osteomalacea where the bones become soft. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium and in that way, it is a condition to have enough vitamin D before talking calcium!
However, a big number of people are at risk of being deficient. As vitamin D is generated by sunshine, this is obvious for people living in countries that don’t have much sunshine or who have a dark skin. Older people tend to be short on vitamin D as well – and they need it very badly! Another group risking vitamin D deficiency are the obese people and people who had a gastric bypass operation. The bypass also makes the food go passed the point where vitamin D is taken into the body. Our experience is that also the guidelines tend to be rather careful, say low.
Vitamin D also can contribute when treating for multiple sclerosis (MS), hypertension, diabetes-2 and glucose intolerance.
- Sun Exposure and Vitamin D (sheerbalance.com)
- What Is The Best Way To Obtain Vitamin D? (medicalnewstoday.com)
- 5 Reasons To Always Take Vitamin D (fitnesstroop.com)
- What Your Doctor Doesn’t Want You to Know About Vitamin D (thecrimsoncrow.com)
- UH study of Japanese-American men links vitamin D deficiency to risk of stroke (staradvertiser.com)
- Hormone Boosts Immune Response When Vitamin D Levels Are Low, Plays Surprise Role In Fighting Skin Infections (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Vitamin D: A double-edged sword in the fight against osteoporosis? (medicalxpress.com)
- Alzheimers (lowcarbfoodblog.com)