Shedding Some Light On Vitamin D

National_Dont_Fry_dayDid you know that today is National Don’t Fry Day?  It’s important to get some sun exposure, but remember, everything in moderation!  Lather on the sunscreen before going out!  Be sure that you’re getting enough so that your body is producing enough Vitamin D.  Sun, supplements and salmon are all excellent sources of this essential vitamin. Talk to your doctor about where to obtain pharmaceutical-grade supplements as well as to determine the right level of the vitamin for your individual needs, and include a variety of vitamin D-rich foods in your diet; including tuna, sardines, cod liver oil, milk and egg yolks.

When you’re deficient in vitamin D, you may be at increased risk for heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and immune disorders, not to mention osteoporosis,” says Dr. Mehmet Oz, a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In fact, the importance of Vitamin D has become abundantly clear with the mass of studies linking the vitamin to bone health, heart health, muscle performance, nerve function and the prevention and treatment of cancer.

A vitamin D insufficiency is a mild deficit that usually lasts only a short period of time, but can cause hyperparathyroidism, abnormalities to bone metabolism and a heightened risk of developing Type 1 diabetes.

A vitamin D deficiency, which affects up to 50 percent of adults and 30 percent of children in the United States, occurs over an extended period of time when an individual is either not consuming proper amounts of the vitamin or when the body is not absorbing the vitamin correctly.

What does vitamin D really do for me?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts like a hormone in the human body. It is stored in the fat cells of the body and released as fat is burned. This essential vitamin is supplied through diet, sunlight and supplements. It interacts with several body processes and is linked to the following:

  • Bone Health
  • Heart Health

Conversely, good levels of vitamin D lower the risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin D and calcium help prevent and coupled with the treatment of cancer, may in some cases slow the growth of colon and prostate cancer cells and, in some reported cases, may cause some cancer cells to die. 

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