In the past, I’ve shared with you the importance of vitamins and how I’ve incorporated them into my everyday lives. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. Vitamin D obtained from sun exposure, food, and supplements is biologically inert and must undergo two hydroxylations in the body for activation. Vitamin D is also rumored to help lower the risk of Covid-19. Below are 3 health benefits of vitamin D to your life.
Helps Fight Cancer
Vitamin D may curb your chances of certain cancers, like colon, breast, and prostate. The rates are even better when paired with calcium. In one clinical trial, African Americans’ risk went down 23% when they took vitamin D supplements.
Helps Your Bones
Healthy vitamin D levels can slow bone loss. It also helps ward off osteoporosis and lowers your chance of broken bones. Doctors use vitamin D to treat osteomalacia. That’s a condition that causes soft bones, bone loss, and bone pain. As we get older, our bone health is very essential and something that should be taken seriously.
Weight Loss and Help with Deficiency
Try vitamin D supplements. Taken with calcium, it can keep you from feeling hungry as often. This means you eat fewer calories. Who doesn’t want to shed a few pounds? About 4 out of 10 people don’t get enough vitamin D. If yours is low, you might not eat enough foods with it. Or you might have a health condition that stops you from absorbing it. Or you might just need more sunlight. Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation.