We humans need vitamin D. Vitamin D3 to be precise.

Known as the sunshine vitamin, and it is well established that having a lack of vitamin D can lead to rickets. But did you know it has many other benefits too including vitamin D for weight loss.

I live in the UK and along with 80% of us at this latitude in the world I am at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

The darker your complexion the more vitamin D you need, and if you are overweight or have excess body fat, being a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D gets drawn away from where you need it and locked in adipose tissue.

The result – you need to consume more of it through food, sunlight or supplements for it to be effective.

It is suggested that just a few minutes daily is enough to elevate your vitamin D levels, however many of us wear protective sunscreen, cover up when outside or don’t even venture into the sun at all.

For this reason many of us are prescribed vitamin D supplements. It has been recommended that an intermittent mega-dose is more useful than a daily smaller dose for vitamin D deficient populations but please ask you doctor to firstly assess your need for supplementation, and monitor the effect that any supplementation may be having. After all, if you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.

So why do I worry about lacking vitamin D? And why should you? Read on…

 

22 Reasons Vitamin D Is Essential For Health

 

    1. Aids calcium metabolism
    2. Aids phosphorus metabolism
    3. Prevent type II diabetes
    4. Prevent insulin resistance
    5. Prevent high blood pressure
    6. Prevent heart attack
    7. Prevent congestive heart failure,
    8. Prevent stroke
    9. Help prevent falls and balance issues – elderly
    10. Prevents muscle weakness
    11. Prevent osteoporosis – maintains bone health
    12. Help regulate insulin activity and blood sugar balance
    13. Regulates immune system
    14. Regulates muscle composition
    15. Regulates muscle function
    16. Helps maintain blood pressure
    17. Lowers inflammation
    18. Prevents some bacterial infections
    19. Support cognition – aging population
    20. Supports mood stability, especially in elderly
    21. Prevent chronic fatigue and SAD
    22. Help prevent many types of cancer: bladder, breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and rectal

 

 

12 Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Factors and Symptoms

 

    1. Muscle aches
    2. Muscle weakness
    3. Frequent falls, particularly among older persons
    4. Bone pain, frequent bone fractures, or soft bones
    5. Stunted growth in children
    6. Asthma in children (especially severe asthma)
    7. Impaired cognitive function, especially among older persons
    8. Lowered immunity
    9. Chronic low energy and fatigue
    10. Depression, particularly among older persons
    11. Presence of any autoimmune disorder
    12. Lack of exposure to sunlight for any reason, including geography, use of sunscreen, or wearing of protective clothing

 

34 Vitamin D Deficiency Health Conditions

 

What health conditions require special emphasis on vitamin D? Vitamin D may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:

 

    1. Asthma (severe childhood)
    2. Atherosclerosis
    3. Bladder cancer
    4. Breast cancer
    5. Chronic fatigue syndrome
    6. Colon cancer
    7. Congestive heart failure
    8. Crohn’s disease
    9. Ovarian cancer
    10. Depression
    11. Epilepsy
    12. Fibromyalgia
    13. Heart attack
    14. Hypertension
    15. Inflammatory bowel disease
    16. Insulin resistance
    17. Kidney disease
    18. Leprosy
    19. Liver disease
    20. Metabolic syndrome
    21. Multiple sclerosis
    22. Myofascial pain syndrome
    23. Osteoporosis
    24. Periodontal disease
    25. Preeclampsia
    26. Psoriasis
    27. Rectal cancer
    28. Rheumatoid arthritis
    29. Senile dementia
    30. Stroke
    31. Tinnitus
    32. Tuberculosis
    33. Type 2 diabetes
    34. Ulcerative colitis

 

 

Wow! It appears that vitamin D is a wonder vitamin. This list is not exhaustive by any means – just look on google scholar to see thousands of vitamin D studies!

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