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5 Health Conditions That Vitamin D Improves

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:25 PM

Are you worried about bone health or degrading skin? Have you come across people with pain in their bones, frequent fractures, and lowered cognitive functions? The number of such cases is increasing worldwide.
Lower vitamin D in the blood levels might cause the above. This essential vitamin is required to regulate and maintain functioning of many metabolic processes and reactions in our body. In addition, vitamin D has an acknowledged role in maintaining bone health. The term vitamin D includes a group of five essential vitamins – vitamins D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5.

While foods and supplements can provide vitamin D, the body mainly synthesizes it in the presence of sunlight. Sunlight is the main cause for a chemical reaction that leads to the synthesis of vitamin D. This essential vitamin is present in its active form in the blood, i.e. calcitriol. This active form of vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. Therefore, a deficiency of sunlight exposure indirectly leads to the deficiency of calcium and phosphorous – thus hampering bone health.

The blood levels of vitamin D reflects in a person's skin, teeth, and bone health. It also helps in other bodily reactions and processes. Thus, appropriate blood levels of this essential vitamin are important. Five major health benefits of vitamin D are healthy bones, a strong immune system, an effective cardiovascular system, a functioning central nervous system, and healthy skin.

Bone Health

Less than normal blood levels of vitamin D can lead to weak bones. In children, this disease is called rickets. It results in stunted growth. In adults, people with lowered bone density have fragile bones that are more prone to fracturing; fractures that do not mend easily; poor muscles and pain in bones, with the bones being soft; and low energy and fatigue, which are another set of symptoms indicating poor bone health.
The Immune System

Vitamin D helps promote a healthy immune system. Lack of vitamin D can lead to slowed immune system response. In the absence of a healthy immune system, the patient becomes susceptible to infections. Severe deficiency of vitamin D can even cause autoimmune disorders.

The Cardiovascular System

Studies have shown reduced risk of heart attacks or strokes in people with appropriate blood levels of vitamin D. Adequate vitamin D in the blood increases the cardiovascular system’s effectiveness in regulating blood pressure.

The Central Nervous System

The network of nerves connecting the brain to different parts of the body constitutes the central nervous system. The health of these nerves and their proper transmission of messages and chemical signals all work effectively in the presence of appropriate amounts of calcium ions in the blood, which the amount of vitamin D indirectly regulates. Thus, a deficiency of this essential vitamin can cause depression and lower cognitive functioning.

Skin Health

For years, people (especially women of some cultures) have avoided sunlight due to an unjustified fear of getting tanned, wrinkled, or contracting skin cancer. However, regular exposure to the sunlight is important for building healthy skin, as sunlight is an essential factor for the synthesis of vitamin D, which is necessary for maintaining healthy skin cells.

Vitamin D has a crucial role in our body. This essential vitamin is important for bone health and strong teeth and for a good immune system, good mood, healthy skin, strong heart, and resilient cognitive abilities. Thus, making an effort to maintain appropriate blood levels of this essential vitamin is a step towards gaining better health.

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Vitamin D is an essential vitamin, which is needed to regulate bone, teeth, and skin health. A deficiency of it is common among people living in colder regions and those who get less exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is synthesized under our skin on exposure to sunlight.
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