Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn't properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasing research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems. Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis.
Vitamin D also aids in the prevention of osteoporosis, many types of cancer, depression, diabetes and obesity.
Benefits of Vitamin D:
Regular exposure to sunlight allows our skin cells to
use ultraviolet-B rays to synthesize Vitamin D, which
has several benefits including:
It helps the intestine absorb nutrients including calcium
and phosphorus. This ensures strong bones and a
strong immune system
Aids in the prevention of osteomalacia and rickets.
Osteomalacia causes weakness of the muscular system
and brittle bones. Rickets is a skeletal deformity mostly seen in children with vitamin D deficiency.
Helps provide calcium balance in the body that prevent osteoporosis or arthritis
Helps regulate blood pressure, reduces stress and tension, relieves body aches and pains by reducing muscle spasms, reduces respiratory infections, helps in differentiation of the cells, aids in insulin secretion, helps fight depression, improves overall skin health
TOP VITAMIN D RICH FOODS:
Salmon, Sardines, Egg Yolk, Shrimp, Milk (Fortified), Cereal (Fortified), Yogurt (Fortified), Orange Juice (Fortified), Fruits and Vegetables