Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as ‘the sunshine vitamin’, as it’s produced in the body after some mild exposure to the sun. It also can be consumed in foods or supplements. Vitamin D has lots of important functions; perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous and facilitating normal immune system function. People having vitamin deficiency can get vitamin d supplements available from Cytoplan, which helps to improve our nutritional status.
We’ve taken a further look at the role that an adequate vitamin D intake can have on your body and health.
Possibly the benefit that most people associate with vitamin D is the impact it can have on our bones. As mentioned above, vitamin D plays a huge part in the regulation of calcium and maintenance of phosphorus levels in the blood, which are two very important factors for maintaining healthy bones.
It’s particularly important that children receive an adequate amount of vitamin D as their bones are more susceptible to becoming soft; which can lead to problems like rickets. Alternatively, in adults, a lack of vitamin D is more likely to result in the bone problem called osteoporosis – which is from poor bone density and can lead to significant problems with the spine.
It’s been noted that pregnant women suffering from a lack of vitamin D in their diet are more likely to develop conditions such as preeclampsia, which is a condition during pregnancy when there is a sudden, sharp rise in blood pressure, swelling and albuminuria (excess protein albumin leaks into the urine). This usually results in an emergency C section to deliver the baby.
It’s also definitely worth noting though that studies found that pregnant women who had been taking over the recommended amount of vitamin D had babies that suffered from food intolerances and allergies in the first few years of their lives. You should always speak to your doctor before taking supplements during your pregnancy, or altering your diet. There’s also a useful article regarding vitamin D intakes for pregnant women here.
Reduced risk of contracting diabetes
There have been a lot of studies surrounding the impact of vitamin D intake and the link with reducing diabetes; particularly type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetics, insufficient vitamin D levels may have an adverse effect on insulin secretion and glucose tolerance.
Vitamin D as part of cancer prevention
Vitamin D Infographic presented by Cytoplan
One of the main jobs of vitamin D is to regulate cell growth and improve cell communication in your body. Therefore some studies have found a significant link between the vitamin and its effectiveness at reducing the risk of cancer. It has been noted to reduce cancer progression by slowing the growth and development of new blood vessels in cancerous tissue, increasing cancerous cell death and by reducing cell proliferation and metastases.
The best sources of Vitamin D
So now you’ve read the info, it’s likely that you want to increase your levels of vitamin D in your diet. Here are some of the best sources to enable you to do so:
- Fish oil and fatty fish
- Fortified cereal
- Fortified yoghurt
- Fortified orange juice