Why do we need Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is required for the regulation of the minerals, calcium and phosphorus found in the body. It also plays an important role in maintaining proper bone structure.
Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild sunburn will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D. The necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc.
It’s amazing how quickly adequate levels of vitamin D can be restored by sunlight. Just 6 days of casual sunlight exposure without sunscreen can make up for 49 days of no sunlight exposure. Body fat acts like a kind of storage battery for vitamin D. During periods of sunlight, vitamin D is stored in fatty fat and then released when sunlight is gone.
Nevertheless, vitamin D deficiency is more common than you might expect. People who don’t get enough sun, especially people living in Canada and the northern half of the US, are especially at risk. Vitamin D deficiency also occurs even in sunny climates, possibly because people are staying indoors more, covering up when outside, or the overuse of sunscreens.
Supplementing with Vitamin D is essential to protecting yourself against numerous diseases as well as keeping depression at bay and ensuring you are at optimum health.
Vitamin D-3 has be proven to be affective with the following (Sorry but lots of reading now as the power of Vitamin D is almost endless!)
*Depression and mental health conditions
*Treating conditions that cause weak and painful bones (osteomalacia, neutrophenia)
*Low levels of phosphate in the blood
*Low blood calcium levels
*Vitamin D deficiency
*Preventing falls in older people. Researchers noticed that people who don’t have enough vitamin D tend to fall more often than other people. They found that taking a vitamin D supplement reduces the risk of falling by up to 22%.
*Reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS)
*Reducing the risk of rheumatoid arthritis
*High blood pressure
*Improving muscle strength
*Preventing bone loss
*Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
*Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
*Muscle pain caused by medications called “statins”