Benefits of vitamin D are huge. Vitamin D, sometimes called the sunshine vitamin, is naturally produced by the body as a response to sun exposure. Your body uses it to absorb minerals like calcium and phosphorus that make your teeth and bones strong. Vitamin D also supports your muscles, nerves, and immune system. You can get it from the sunshine on your skin to eating eggs, fatty fish, and fortified foods. Vitamin D plays an important role in our brain and cardiovascular health. It can also boost serotonin levels and mood.
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It affects a third of women between the ages of 60 and 70 and two-thirds of women 80 or older. No single thing causes it, but not enough vitamin D makes it harder for your body to use the minerals it needs to keep bones strong.
In osteoporosis, this means enlargement of natural spaces in the substance of your bones. They become more “porous,” which makes them more breakable.
People who have pain and weakness in their muscles and bones often don’t have enough vitamin D. In older people especially, weak muscles can raise your chances of falling and breaking a bone. It also may be a sign of osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor if you notice any pain. That could be a warning sign that can go away with vitamin D supplements or changes in diet or lifestyle.
There often isn’t enough vitamin D in breast milk to keep infants healthy unless the mother takes a supplement. Rickets happens most often in breastfed children. African American mothers, in particular, tend to start with less vitamin D in their blood. Experts say breastfeeding infants need an extra 400 IU of vitamin D per day.
Your body needs fat to use vitamin D. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other conditions that affect your gut — like celiac disease and cystic fibrosis — make it harder for you to absorb fat. That may mean you need more vitamin D to keep your levels up.
If you have a BMI of 30 or more (meaning you are obese), your vitamin D levels are more likely to be lower than someone who isn’t obese. It’s not that your skin makes less vitamin D, it’s that the extra fat under your skin keeps more of it and changes the way it goes into your blood. Diet, lifestyle changes, and supplementing with vitamin d can help.
In one study, people taking daily calcium and vitamin D supplement were able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. The scientists said the extra calcium and vitamin D had an appetite-suppressing effect.
In an international study that looked at nearly 11,000 people over 25 clinical trials, researchers found that those with lower levels of vitamin D who then took a daily or weekly supplement were shown to cut their risk of an acute respiratory infection (such as pneumonia or the flu) and an upper respiratory infection (like a cold and sinus infection). A study published in Frontiers in Immunology also found that vitamin D could be therapeutic for those with an autoimmune disease, such as Lupus and multiple sclerosis, Dr. Harry adds.
Many individuals experience low vitamin D levels even if they are taking vitamin D supplements. Not all vitamin D supplements are are the same. It is important to take a high quality vitamin D supplements that can be well absorbed by the body. Vitamin D shots may be needed to treat vitamin D deficiencies if levels are extremely low. Weekly vitamin D injections are recommended to restore vitamin D levels, followed by a vitamin D prescription or supplement.
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