Vitamin D deficiency. Why you should take vitamin D Supplements.
Vitamin D !?!
Vitamin D is obtained from sun exposure, food and supplements.
Vitamin D is what's referred to as a steroid vitamin, it encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium. People who are exposed to natural sunlight on a regular basis tend to get good quantities of vitamin D naturally and do not need vitamin D supplements. Sunlight promotes sufficient vitamin D synthesis in the skin.
For others, living in darker climates, or with constant indoor working conditions they most likely are not getting the sunlight they need to absorb vitamin D properly.
Five forms of vitamin D have been discovered, vitamin D1, D2, D3, D4, D5. The two that are important to humans are vitamins D2,and D3.
A human requires fifteen minutes of sun exposure twice a week on the face, arms, hands, or back without sunscreen with a greater than 3 UV index for adequate amounts of vitamin D absorption.
Reasons you may not have enough Vitamin D...
- Cloudy weather/overcast skies
- Pollution and smog
- Using Sunscreens
- Work-being primarily indoors with little to zero exposure to sunlight
- Location-living far from the equator=less sun exposure
Are you deficient?
If you don't have enough Vitamin D in your system, you may exhibit the following symptoms;
- Bone pain
- Joint pain
- muscle twitches
- Mood swings
- Tooth loss, and dental problems
- High blood pressure
What foods contain Vitamin D?
Not many foods contain vitamin D.
Some fish, such as tuna, mackerel and salmon, as well as fish liver oils are considered to be the best sources. Tuna, shrimp, herring, sardines and oysters are also great sources. Some vitamin D is also present in cheese, egg yolks, fortified milk, beef liver, ham, salami, shiitake and button mushrooms.
MSM and Sulfur Supplements
- Health benefits of MSM or Sulfur Supplements and why...
Sulfur is a nutrient found in every living organism. Sulfur is absolutely necessary for good health, but we usually fail to get enough of it, even when eating healthy.
Also see Amazing Garlic!
- Amazing Health Benefits of Garlic
Many ailments can be healed with its use. Another one of nature’s little miracles, “Eat onions in March and garlic in May, Then the rest of the year, your doctor can play”
Benefits of Vitamin D!!
If you're not getting vitamin D from your diet, you should consider taking a supplement for the following benefits;
- It promotes calcium balance within the body
- Regulates blood pressure
- relieves aches and pains
- reduces wrinkles
- aides in insulin secretion
- Increases energy
- reduces stress and tension
- reduces respiratory infections
- Prevents brittle bones
- Prevents Rickets
- Improves kidney function
- Reduces depression
- Regulates weight loss and metabolism
- Boosts immunity
- Helps Cancer and Hepatitis B, or liver diseases
Vitamin D supplements
Because Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin (having to much can be bad!), it is important to take vitamin D in proper doses, and check drug interactions for any medications you're taking with a health professional.
The requirement of vitamin D for adults up to 50 years of age is 400-800IU, daily.
When taking Vitamin D, it should include adequate levels of Vitamin K and Magnesium.
© 2013 Rebecca