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Vitamin D: Its benefits and deficiencies

Vitamin D is also referred to as "Sunshine vitamin". Body consume Vitamin D from the sunlight. Read the article to know more about Vitamin D.

Vitamin D: Its benefits and deficiencies

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Dec 2020 3:40 PM GMT

Humans get Vitamin D through exposure to sunlight that is why it is also referred to as the "Sunshine Vitamin". Vitamin D is also present in specific food ingredients and supplements.

Vitamins are several nutrition that a human body cannot form. Hence, they consume it from several foods and medicines. But Vitamin D can be produced inside our body through sunlight and it is very essential for our body to function. Vitamin D consists of two forms: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3.

Through this article, you'll get to know various facts and information about Vitamin d, its benefits, and also its deficiencies.

What are its advantages?

Here are some of the advantages of Vitamin D:

 It provides you with strong bones and teeth: It regulates calcium in our body which helps to keep our bones and teeth strong.

 Improves our immune system: It boosts our immunity power and it helps in reducing the chances of the flu virus.

 It is also very crucial to keep our brain and nervous system sound and healthy.

 It also manages diabetes and also modulates the insulin level in our body.

 Vitamin D helps the lungs to function well.

 It helps to keep us away from depression.

 It helps in weight reduction.

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency can be harmful to your body as it can give rise to 'rickets' which is a kind of bone disease. Lack of Vitamin D can cause bone ache and muscle fatigue.

• It can also cause cancer

• Various heart-related diseases.

• Asthma in children.

Where can you get Vitamin D?

Some foods are natural enrichment of Vitamin D. Such foods are salmon, egg yolk, shrimp, orange juice, yogurt, cheese, beef liver, fishes with fats, mushroom, etc.

Some symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:

• Feel sick regularly

• Fatigue,

• Bone weakness

• Loss of hair

• Bad mood

• Complications during pregnancy

• Various heart diseases

What are the causes of the absence of Vitamin D?

Vitamin D deficiency can be caused by several factors. Some of them are:

  1. Lack of consumptions of food enrich in Vitamin D
  2. Limited exposure to sunlight or are not in move.
  3. Dark-skinned people are at high risk
  4. When you get older, your kidney fails to transform the vitamins into an active state in your body.
  5. Certain digestive diseases can harm your intestine which fails to release the nutrition from the food.
  6. With age, the body gets weaken to produce Vitamin D.
  7. If you are suffering from obesity. Obese people are having a higher possibility to lack Vitamin D.

Here are some Vitamin D deficiency treatments:

The necessity of Vitamin D varies from various factors like age, diet, health status, and UVB exposure. It is better to take meals and supplements rich in vitamin D.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin D:



Age groupRecommended international unit (IU)upper intake
0-6 months4001000
6-12months4001500
1-3years6002500
4-8 years6003000
9-70 years 6004000
over 70 years8004000

Reference:

Cleveland clinic

Nourish by WebMD

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