September 18, 2022 - Parul Saini, Webmedy Team
Your body needs vitamin D for numerous crucial functions, including the development and maintenance of strong bones. Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy.
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Vitamin D deficiency is a serious public health issue worldwide. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. All age groups need fat-soluble vitamin D to maintain healthy bodies. Vitamin D aids in the regulation of genes boosts immunity and participates in calcium absorption.
Recent studies have shown that vitamin D may help prevent several diseases, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and depression.
Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption and bone health. The recommended daily amount of vitamin D is 400 international units (IU) for children up to age 12 months, 600 IU for people ages 1 to 70 years, and 800 IU for people over 70 years. Some people may need heavier doses to reach and maintain healthy blood levels.
Vitamin D is often referred to as "the sunshine vitamin" because the sun is one of the best sources of this vitamin. Skin hosts a type of cholesterol, which becomes vitamin D when exposed to UV-B radiation from the sun. Sun-derived vitamin D may circulate for twice as long as vitamin D from food or supplements.
Fatty fish and seafood are some of the foods highest in vitamin D.
Vitamin D is often added to food items such as milk and breakfast cereals, which increases the intake of this vitamin.
For many people, taking a vitamin D supplement may be the best way to ensure adequate intake. Vitamin D exists in two forms - D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Typically, D2 comes from plants and D3 from animals.
Research suggests that D3 may be significantly more effective at raising and maintaining overall vitamin D levels than D2.
Your body releases hormones in response to stress that has an impact on your digestive system. Since vitamin D is absorbed in the intestine, the condition of your digestive system has a significant impact on how much of it is absorbed. As a result, you must control your stress levels and maintain a healthy digestive system for better absorption of vitamin D.