What Do You Know about Vitamin D?
Vitamin D [Vit-D3 (cholecalciferol)] – a unique fat-soluble vitamin (steroid hormone) is produced when your body is exposed to the sun light or ultraviolet light. It is transported to liver and kidneys where it is further converted to active 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D (calcitriol). As a hormone, it controls phosphorus, calcium, and bone metabolism and neuro-muscular function.
A diet deficient in vitamin D in conjunction with inadequate sun exposure causes osteomalacia in adults and rickets in children. However, vitamin D deficiency has become a worldwide issue in the elderly and remains common in children and adults.
Health benefits of Vitamin D
- Promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus
- Helps deposit calcium & phosphorus in bones and teeth to keep them strong and avoid the risk of fractures
- Regulates cells growth in the body
- Interacts with parathyroid hormone (PTH) in the homeostasis of blood calcium concentrations
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Helps ease fibromyalgia pain and slow the progression of multiple sclerosis
- Prevents auto immune diseases, like multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease
- Regulates cell growth and improves immunity
- Vitamin D helps in keeping the brain healthy and making mood better
- Vitamin D is also helpful in managing depression and mood disorders.
Do You Know?
The sources of Vitamin D include sunlight, cod liver oil, fatty fish species such as catfish, salmon, tuna, mushrooms, tofu and dairy products.