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Health Benefits of Vitamin D: lifesaving

Updated on March 1, 2012

The flu season is fast approaching and people are often directed to their nearest pharmacist for vaccinations to get through the coming winter months; but what is the source of this flu influenza? Does everyone’s immune system suddenly decide to take a break around the same time of the year?

You can rest assured your bodies protective immune system hasn’t forsaken you.

What else happens during these colder seasons? That’s right; the sun’s rays aren’t as strong, thus diminishing your best source of vitamin D.

Vitamin D is produced by your skin as a response to the ultraviolent radiation from the sun. Anywhere from 5,000 UI to 10,000 UI is healthy amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is the natural occurring vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, while D2 is usually found in supplements under the UI figure.

Vitamin D is good for

  • Healing 4 out of 5 types of cancers.
  • Helps the absorption of calcium (if you plan on drinking milk, make sure there is magnesium and vitamin D in it or take supplements.
  • Functioning immune system
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Help prevent bone fractures
  • Help heal tooth enamel.

During the summer, depending on your skin pigmentation, you can easily get your recommended daily dosage of vitamin D from just 15 to 20 minutes out in the sun, without sunscreen of course. In fact, sunscreen is the main reason most people don’t get their vitamin D intake. The sunscreen is blocking most of the sun’s rays.

If you easily get burned by the sun then it isn’t necessarily because of your light skin pigmentation but because your skin isn’t healthy. Before going out in to the sun, pack your skin with lots of antioxidants, berries are especially good for this, and this will protect your skin while allowing it to produce the vitamin D from the sun. It is important to note that sun burn is still detrimental for your health. But rather than using chemical sunscreens you can use antioxidants which act as a natural sunscreen, who knew.

It’s ironic because sunscreen has cancer causing chemicals, yet vitamin D actually prevents many of the major cancers.

Now, for people with darker skin pigmentation, getting enough vitamin D can take a bit more time in the sun because their darker skin naturally blocks more UV rains than a light skin person would. So, it’s not uncommon for a person with darker skin pigmentation to be vitamin D deficient.

However, sunlight during the winter can be a bit harder to come by, and the ultraviolet radiation is much weaker and takes much more time to produce that well needed vitamin D. What are some alternatives?

Well, believe it or not, tanning salons can actually produce the proper artificial radiation to produce vitamin D in our skin. However, once again, if your skin is healthy then you can get burned, which is very unhealthy.

Other food alternatives include

Fishes:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Cat fish
  • Mackerel

Salmon especially contain 90% of your necessary intake of vitamin D. The salmon eat zooplankton which contain vitamin D.

  • Eggs contain small amounts of vitamin D
  • Shiitake and Button Mushrooms, very rich in vitamin D, vitamin B and B1 and B2.


So the next time you find yourself getting sick; reflect on your vitamin D intakes!

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