What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine nutrient” because it is produced when ultraviolet rays from sunlight hit your skin and begin vitamin D synthesis. Vitamin D is also synthesized in plants, fungi, and some foods.
What are the Health Benefits of Vitamin D?
The health benefits of vitamin D are vast and essential. Vitamin D is pertinent in maintaining normal levels of calcium and phosphorous in the blood and helps absorb calcium to give you strong bones. Without an adequate amount of vitamin D, bones can become weak, thin, brittle, or misshapen. With calcium, vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis.
Do you think you may need more calcium? Learn about calcium supplements here.
Vitamin D also plays many other crucial roles in the body. Listed below are some additional Health Benefits of Vitamin D:
- Contributes to cell growth
- Aids the immune system
- Maintains cognitive function
- Maintains healthy body weight
- Reduces asthma symptoms
- Reduces the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases
- Reduces inflammation
How Can I Obtain the Health Benefits of Vitamin D?
One way to get vitamin D is just by soaking up some sun. But don’t get too much because UV rays can also cause skin cancer. Try to get 15-20 minutes of sun without sunscreen per day.
Vitamin D is also found in foods such as fish, cod liver oil, milk, eggs, fresh fruits, vegetables, and fortified food products.
Vitamin D deficiencies are common. If this is the case for you, talk to your doctor about taking a supplement. According to vitamindcouncil.org, people should take vitamin D3 rather than vitamin D2, because D3 is the type your body naturally produces from sun exposure, and D2 is not. Most over the counter vitamin D supplements are D3, but check just in case. Vitamin D3 supplements are available in capsule, tablet, and liquid form. They are not vegetarian.
Looking for another way to get essential nutrients that you might be lacking? You may want to talk to your doctor about taking a multivitamin! Read why a multivitamin might be right for you here.
Vitamin D is an important nutrient for the body. There are many ways you can nourish your body, including using herbs! To learn more, check out Herbs for Longevity & Well-Being by Rosemary Gladstar.
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