The 5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin

Table Of Contents

  • What Is Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D Hormone
  • Vitamin D Synthesis
  • Health Benefits Of Vitamin D
  • Who Should Take Supplemental Vitamin D and Why
  • Vitamin D And Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D And Arthritis
  • Vitamin D And Fibromyalgia
  • Vitamin D And Acne
  • Vitamin D And Weight Loss
  • How Much Vitamin D To Take
  • Sources Of Vitamin D
  • References
  • A Good Hub
  • Some Of My Other Hubs On Health Topics

Sunshine Vitamin - D

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What Is Vitamin D ?

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. It helps in the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Those people who are out in the sun for adequate time do not need to take supplemental Vitamin D, as sunlight helps in synthesizing this vitamin when bare skin is exposed to it.

There are 5 types of Vitamin D viz ; D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5. Of these the human body can utilize 2 forms :

  • Vit D2 - Ergocalciferol
  • Vit D3 - Cholecalciferol

As per the data from NHANES, the National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey, USA, 9 % of the child population in USA, is vitamin D deficient.

Sunlight is our major source of vitamin D, then it's from the food we consume and if needed, from vitamin D supplements that we take.

The active form of vitamin D in the body is Calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxy cholecalciferol). Calcitriol helps in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the food e eat. It also helps to reabsorb calcium in the kidneys, thereby increasing calcium levels in the blood. Calcitriol, thus, helps in bone mineralization and prevents low calcium conditions that can cause overactive neurological symptoms, cramps of hands and feet, spasms of the voice box. Calcitriol also is needed for keeping many organ systems working in top condition.

Vitamin D2 is not produced in our body in response to sunlight. However, Vitamin D3 is produced when sunlight falls on our bare skin. An exposure of 10 to 20 minutes on the uncovered skin (without sunblock) 2 times a week, is adequate for getting the required vitamin D3. Longer exposure has no added benefits as the excess is destroyed as soon as it is produced.

Fat is needed by the body to absorb vitamin D from the food we eat.

Vitamin D, Hormone

By definition, a hormone, is a chemical that is made in one organ, goes into the blood and affects another organ system.

The skin produces vitamin D. It is carried in the blood to the liver and kidneys for conversion to its active form and it then goes to the bones to strengthen them and intestines to help in calcium absorption. So, by definition, Vitamin D is a hormone.

Vitamin D Synthesis

Vitamin D is not an essential dietary vitamin requirement as in the presence of adequate sunlight, the body can synthesize it, as the cholesterol in the body reacts with the ultra violet rays of the sun, the UVB rays, to produce vitamin D.

Health Benefits Of Vitamin D




Vitamin D makes the bones strong and maintains their strength. It also regulates the immune system. It also aids in maintaining an ideal body weight.
Some more important and beneficial benefits are that it reduces the risk of :

  • Heart disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Damage due to low levels of radiation

Who Should Take Supplemental Vitamin D And Why ?

Supplemental Vitamin D should be considered, when and by those ;

  • Whose exposure to sunlight is less as they live much further away from the equator.
  • Who work indoors most of the time and those with limited exposure to the sun's rays due to their clothing.
  • There is a lot of cloud cover making it impossible to get sunlight.
  • The atmosphere has a lot of smog.
  • Sunscreens are used. A sunscreen of SPF 8 can reduce vitamin D synthesis by as much as 95%.
  • Who are affected with fat malabsorption. This syndrome is associated with diseases like liver disease, Crohn's disease etc.

Under all these conditions, adequate vitamin D is not being synthesized as per the reasons mentioned. One is thus bound to develop a deficiency of vitamin D. Such persons have to have it from vitamin D supplements.

Also, the elderly and those with dark skin should consume extra vitamin D.

The 5 amazing health benefits of Vitamin D are :

1. Vitamin D And Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become thin and weak due to decrease in the bone mass and density. Therefore as one ages osteoporosis becomes more common and so do fractures and broken bones.

Vitamin D not only build stronger bones but also improves muscle function thereby increasing the balance of the body. This reduces chances of falling down and sustaining fractures.

Thus, Vitamin D and osteoporosis have a deep relationship with one another.

2. Vitamin D And Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of the joints caused by a breakdown of cartilage, leading to stiffness and pain on movement. It is not a single condition and has more than 100 conditions that comes under its umbrella.

Many studies have shown that those with osteoarthritis, of the hip and knee especially, had low blood levels of vitamin D.

Another study showed the crippling effects of vitamin D deficiency in those affected with rheumatoid arthritis.

It is believed that vitamin D benefits by either interacting with the immune system or by affecting the joints directly to relieve the painful conditions.

One reason pain in arthritis is severe is because arthritis affected people do not get enough exposure to sunlight. Therefore, to get adequate vitamin D in the body it is best to take vitamin D supplements along with as much sunlight that one possibly can to reduce and possibly eliminate arthritis pain.

3. Vitamin D & Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, not a disease. It is a chronic state of body wide pains accompanied by fatigue, insomnia, early morning stiffness, impaired memory, anxiety, depression and abdominal complaints. The joints, muscles and tendons and soft tissues become inflamed and painful.

Many studies indicate that those with fibromyalgia also have lower vitamin D levels. Even people with anxiety and depression have been found to have low vitamin D levels.

Studies indicate that vitamin D reduces inflammation in fibromyalgia by reducing the production of the inflammation causing protein, cytokine.

4. Vitamin D And Acne

Acne is a very common skin infection that affects adolescents the most. The scars it leaves, in severe cases, many times do not ever go away. Acne also causes inferiority complex in many young people. Amongst all skin diseases, acne accounts for almost one third.

There are many therapies like, diet, endocrine extracts, vaccines, local applications, physiotherapeutic procedures like UV light & x-ray etc, to treat acne.

Vitamin D activates white blood cells called macrophages that scavenge cholesterol, germs and dead cells by surrounding and engulfing them. These macrophages activated by vitamin D directly attack the acne bacteria giving the bacteria no chance to send out chemicals to damage the skin . As opposed to this, the normal white cells cause inflammation to kill the acne bacteria.

Vitamin D also unclogs pores thus breaking down the blackheads and whiteheads. Moreover, since the cells of the sebaceous glands are sensitive to vitamin D3, sebum production is controlled.

5. Vitamin D And Weight Loss

A study by researchers from the University of Minnesota indicates that those who are overweight tend to lose weight when their vitamin D levels are raised.

Another study found that 75% of American teens and adults are low or deficient in vitamin D. Though there are no conclusive studies indicating that vitamin D deficiency is due to obesity or that vitamin D deficiency is the cause of obesity, yet these 2 factors seem connected.

Vitamin D along with calcium and sunlight helps to digest food and normalizes blood sugar levels. When there is a calcium deficiency, and most of the times it is due to a vitamin D deficiency, it increases the production of synthase by as much as 500%. Synthase is an enzyme that converts calories into fat.

How Much Vitamin D To Take ?


The United States Institute Of Medicine recommends the following daily requirement.

  • 1 - 70 years .............................600 IU (15 micro gm)
  • 71+ years ................................800 IU ( 20 micro gm)
  • Pregnancy/Lactation ...............600 IU ( 15 micro gm)

Safe Maximum Daily Intake Levels

  • 0 - 6 months ..........................1000 IU
  • 6 - 12 months ........................1500 IU
  • 1 - 3 years .............................2500 IU
  • 4 - 8 years .............................3000 IU
  • 9 - 71 years ...........................4000 IU
  • Pregnancy/Lactation...............4000 IU

According to Health Canada, the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for vitamin D are

Age group RDA ..................................Tolerable ............................Upper Intake

Infants 0–6 months ...............................400 IU* .................................1000 IU

Infants 7–12 months .............................400 IU* .................................1500 IU

Children 1–3 years ...............................600 IU ...................................2500 IU

Children 4–8 years ...............................600 IU ...................................3000 IU

Children and Adults 9–70 years...........600 IU ...................................4000 IU

Adults > 70 years ..................................800 IU ...................................4000 IU

Pregnancy & Lactation .........................600 IU ...................................4000 IU

Note*: Adequate Intake rather than Recommended Dietary Allowance.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_D

Sources Of Vitamin D

There are 3 ways of getting vitamin D :

  1. Diet

    Eat a diet that is rich in fish like sardines, tuna, mackerel, swordfish, salmon, fish liver oils, goat milk, mushrooms and egg yolks.
    However, mushrooms contain the D2 form of vitamin D that is believed to be inferior to the D3 form.

  2. Sunlight

    Sunlight by acting on exposed skin produces vitamin D. Take 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight on as much of the exposed body as possible, every day, preferably avoiding it between 11 AM to 3 PM, and taking care to limit exposure to the sun's rays to prevent the harmful effects of longer exposure.

    Dark skinned people need to stay for a much longer time in the sun than white skinned people to get the same levels of vitamin D.

    Commercial tanning beds that emit UVB radiation can be used moderately too.

  3. Supplements

    Vitamin D2 or D3 supplements can be taken by those who are very deficient in vitamin D or cannot take adequate sunlight due to any reasons. Supplements are available in the form of high dose injections, capsules, powders and liquids.

However if one is deficient in vitamin D, supplemental vitamin D has to augment the diet and sunlight. Only the 25(OH)D test for vitamin D levels can point to the levels needed to bring the vitamin D blood levels to 60-80 ng/ml, the ideal level as many studies show.

References

www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com/reports/back_pain_osteoporosis/466-1. html -
www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/112633.php
http://pain-topics.org/pdf/vitamind-report.pdf
http://wcco.com/health/vitamin.d.weight.2.1383803.html, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=vitamin-d-deficiency... http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153669.php
http://www.facingacne.com
http://www.stopacne.com
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/musculoskeletal/fibromyalgia/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21894355

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Finally, Rajan, you wrote about something I actually do know about. I do take Vitamin D regularly I'm happy to say. :)

Wonderful information here my friend; you have once again done a great job of research and presentation.

bill


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This is one of the best hubs on vitamins. So complete. Recognization of the importance of Vitamin D is fairly recent. An interesting fact..You can be low in vitamin D in sunny climate..My husband had a deficiency and we live in Sunny Arizona. According to the doctor you can build up immunity. He was put on massive doses..and I have heard of others with this. However, you covered it all. Vote up and shared.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I take Vitamin D Supplements, as I was told when I had routine bloodwork that my levels were a bit on the low side. I have to tell you I am very happy to be taking it and never realized all the wonderful benefits of it until reading your article here. I knew a few, but not all. Thank you for sharing and enlightening me a bit. Have voted, shared and tweeted too!


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Rajan, I have been an RN for most of my life, and I never even thought about sunscreen hindering the creation of Vitamin D! What a revelation. This makes sense for all the Vit D insufficient generation of people mad aware of the effects of the sun. Very cool and you have opened my eyes! Thanks, see you soon.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Bill,

I'm glad that you are aware of the importance and are taking vitamin D. Thanks for your visit and comments. It is always a pleasure to see you.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Carol,

It's about time that most of us realize that we are not spending enough time in the sun especially around noon when the UVB rays are at their peak for max benefit. also, we tend to use sunscreen a lot. These are the main reasons we fall short of adequate levels of vitamin D.

Glad you found the hub useful. Thanks for reading and sharing.


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

hi Rajan, I wrote something earlier and it has seemed to disappear? I have been a nurse most of my life and have never realized that sunscreen can inhibit vit D! Thanks so much for this information and gives me a better understanding of D deficiency possible causes. Great Hub with amazing research and info. You work really hard on these hubs Rajan!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Vitamin D is very important to health and well being. Sunshine makes us happy and healthy. Great hub.


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Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

Great, very complete hub. Early this summer I hit rock bottom physically, intellectually and emotionally for no apparent reason. I felt like I was going nuts. The only thing I could associate it with was the solid rain for months on end even into July, and having my teeth fluoridized in late Dec. I went to the doctor and turns out my vitamin D level was almost non existant, and that sometimes your body can mistake fluoride for vitamine D and stop producing it! I live here in France where they treat D with a massive monthly dose. I can't tell you the difference it makes. I've realized I must have been low for years. Amazing stuff.


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billnye 4 years ago from Franklinton, North Carolina

Nice hub mr jolly.

What supplements do you recommend?

Thanks


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi ehealer,

Normally we tend to use much higher SPF creams. These tend to block almost 100% of the UV radiations and in the process blocking vitamin D formation. This is something we do not fully realize. I'm glad you now know the reasons why we get vitamin D deficient.

Thanks for coming by to read and leave so many kind words. I'm glad to see the work appreciated.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Nithya,

It's not for nothing that we a surge of energy when conditions are bright and sunny. And feel dull and gloomy when the atmosphere is overcast for long.

Thanks for appreciating. Glad to see you.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Janine,

I'm glad you read this hub so that you realize noe the immense benefits of taking vitamin D.

I appreciate your sparing time to read, vote and do the sharing.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Letitia,

Thanks for your feedback. Vitamin D deficiency is very common nowadays and feeling run down for no apparent reason should be one of the pointers to get checked for vitamin D levels.

Thanks for stopping by to read and appreciate.

Much appreciated.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi John,

I don't recommend anything as I'm not a medical doctor.Thanks for reading and appreciating.


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JCielo 4 years ago from England

Brilliant hub Rajan! What about sun beds for vitamin D, are they effective and safe to use? Voted up and awesome.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Hi Rajan,

good to know that there are many benfits that we can get with Vitamin D. No wonder newborn babies need to have this vit direct from early morning sun.


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bizwin 4 years ago from England, UK

Well researched hub, rajan. Useful pointers here to consider. I give all the votes.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thanks, Rajan, for another well researched hub. Vitamin D seems to be the "supplement du jour." It is certainly something to consider if one suffers from all those ailments you mention. Voted up and shared.


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Excellent hub on vitamin D. It is so important to health. I tend to minimize my intake of fish due to the mercury content and wear sunscreen so it's a challenge to find a natural source. Mushrooms seem like a good option although your article states it has the kind that is less helpful. Hopefully my supplements help somewhat.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

This is excellent coverage of Vitamin D. I guess I don't need to cover this topic as originally planned at one point. I am one of millions that suddenly has a Vitamin D deficiency, and by deficiency I mean almost literally non-existant. I was put on mega doses and that just barely worked. However, through my own research I realized how important it was to make sure you are taking/given the correct form of vitamin D. Now I am more a proponent of getting Vitamin D in natural forms. I fall into the category of Vitamin D deficiency and fibromyalgia. But I have gotten things under control the natural way and am helping others with the knowledge I gain. Thanks for doing all this work for us!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Well done Rajan, from supplements to diet... you have covered all. Thanks sir. Will be aware of my daily intake. Amazing how modernism has taken away those walks and harvesting that would keep our bones healthier.


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Harsha Vardhana R 4 years ago from Bangalore

Thanks for the spread of awareness when our exposures to sunshine is getting reduced rapidly.

Let people understand the importance of each nutrient and enjoy life completely


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi John, the benefits of these tanning beds are controversial; for instance, Dr Mercola recommends it, while Dr Oz doesn't.

Thanks for reading and commenting. nice to see you here.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ spy - You're absolutely right. Thanks for visiting.

@ bizwin - thank you.

@ Sandra - vitamin D has a lot going for it now and I've personally seen it work in cases of severe pain when the levels of vitamin D were low.

Appreciate the votes and sharing.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Healthy - I'm sure with the right supplements you will manage to get your D levels up. Thanks for finding it helpful.

@ Stephanie - Its so good to know you are spreading awareness about this vitamin. Even in countries with sunny climates vitamin D deficiency is on the rise with use of sunscreens and staying indoors when the sunlight is really at its peak of UVB rays.

Glad you found this hub useful and thanks for your feedback.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Lord - Absolutely, the more we go away from nature, the more health issues we face. It's time we connected more with nature.

Thanks for stopping by.

@ Harsha - You are right. We need to connect more with nature. Thanks for reading.


Memories1932 4 years ago

Hi rajan another very interesting article. Unfortunately I have taken Vitamin D3 5000 IUs daily and so far it is not helped me . Do you have any suggestions . Thank you. Have a nice day.


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manatita44 4 years ago from london

Very educational article, Rajan.

I take it myself sometimes as I get aches and pains all over. Many of us do not know of its significance. So your article is timely and useful.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

This is very informative. I had heard many people are vitamin D deficient. I'm probably okay, since I spend lots of time outside and get it in my diet.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Rajan,

I take 4000 I.U. of Vitamin D3 along with a calcium supplement and mulitvitamin daily.

Voted up and awesome

Take care :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Excellent information Rajan! I have to take vitamin D supplements and they make the biggest difference. Sharing!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm curious as to what the definition of adequate sunlight exposure is. In other words, at what how many hours of sunshine do you start deciding that you need to supplement with Vitamin D? Voting this Up and Useful.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for this very informative and interesting hub. Vitamin D sounds like something I need considering that autumn and winter are coming on. They don't bottle sunshine do they? Passing this on.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

Great hub Rajan. I truly believe in the health benefits of all vitamins and Vitamin D is a very important vitamin that should not be overlooked. Great job; your hub is very well written and informative. Voted up and useful.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ manatita - I think you ought to get tested for the Vitamin D levels. I can just hazard a guess-maybe the vit D levels are really low down. In that case, unless you take a massive doses first the levels won't rise.

Glad you found it useful and thanks for reading. Have a wonderful day.

@ manatita - I'm glad you found the write up useful and hope it helps you. Thanks for reading and commenting and have a fun day.

@ Deborah, lots of people are finding themselves low on vitamin D levels, Glad you get a lot of sun and it is benefiting you. Thanks for reading. Have a great day.

@ Susie - taking vitamin D and calcium supplements is good. Better to be safe. Thanks for the read and votes. Have a good day.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ manatita- sorry about the mix up in the names. The first comment was for memories.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Tammy - thanks for the feedback. Appreciate your reading and sharing.

@ Aurelio - an exposure of 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight daily, at the times mentioned, is sufficient for the body to get the daily requirement of vitamin D. However determining whether one is low on this to start with can only be determined by the test as mentioned.

Thanks for the read and votes.

@ Gypsy - It is bottled in the form of vitamin D. We need to take supplemental D in these months ahead.

Thanks for the read and share.

@ Trinity - thanks for reading and glad you liked.


manatita44 4 years ago

But you may be right. I have been considering having a test done. I took a full bottle just before NY in August. I got some sun there and I'm getting a little here while it last. Still, I do have aches and pains. probably from my ramipril for High BP but I hope to check it soon. stay blessed.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

manatita, maybe that would be the right recourse to judge whether the aches are due to the low vitamin D levels. Wish you good health.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Rajan! This is a fantastic and informative hub about Vitamin D. I don't take the supplements because I get plenty of sunshine in Florida to compensate. My husband does take it daily. It helps strengthen the bones. UP! Awesome!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Linda,

I know you spread sunshine so you don't need it. Seriously, if one stays in a Sunshine state like Florida, one can have enough of this vitamin by staying out. I'm glad you do.

Thanks for sparing time to read and comment.


manatita44 4 years ago

Thank You. I take it. Do you wish to take up the challenge of Chronic fatigue Syndrome? perhaps you can help me. Regards.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

manatita, due to my other business, I find time is short for me to take the challenge you are referring to. Thanks for letting me know. Have a good day.


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JCielo 3 years ago from England

Rajan, I've only just picked up on this hub. All I can say is awesome! As per usual with your content, it is extremely well researched and very well written. And on such an important topic.

As an example of perhaps overreacting to the fear of skin cancer, there was a tragic case, fairly recently here in the Uk, where a child died because her mum, as I understand, put sun cream on her throughout the year? And, I guess, because our food has relatively little Vitamin d, unless she had been given supplements, she had no way to get enough.

Once again, awesome hub Rajan!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi John, this indeed is a sad case. It has to be realized that we need sunlight, not the harsh sunlight during the afternoon but a bit an earlier or later as one prefers and 15-20 minutes a day is sufficient for the most part.

I'm glad you like the info. Thanks for the visit.


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Sarah Wingate 2 years ago from Tel Aviv, Israel

But if you don't have sun (in cold climate areas), eating foods rich in vitamin D can replace the sun: eggs, fish, butter, liver and even milk containing 3% fat.


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

If there is no sun, yes, supplements with vitamin D and foods rich in D are the way to go, Sarah Wingate.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Very well researched article. I have taken it and also recommended from time to time. Helps.


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, manatita44. I am glad it is useful.


pram 24 months ago

What time of the day,for how much time per day and how much should be time gap between two successive sun baths do u recommend for a person living in Mumbai in the month of December? Mumbai has rains during June-September and March-May are very hot and humid.

Is is appropriate to take a shower with use of soap after sun bath?

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