Vitamin D is the vitamin absorbed into our skin through sunlight. It is also found in eggs, milk and leafy green veggies. Why is this vitamin so important? A deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to cancer, multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Getting enough vitamin D is very important when warding off these diseases.
Approximately 70% of children and adults are vitamin D deficient due to not enough sunlight and a diet consisting of little to no vitamin D. The following is a list of things to consider when trying to get enough vitamin D.
What Vitamin D Does
Vitamin D is essential for the control of normal calcium and phosphate blood levels. It is known to be required for the absorption of calcium and phosphate in the small intestine, their mobilization from the bones, and their reabsorbtion in the kidneys. Through these three functions it plays an important role for the proper functioning of muscles, nerves and blood clotting and for normal bone formation and mineralization.
Several everyday medications will slow the absorption rate of vitamin D. If you are taking one of these medications, check with your doctor to find out how much vitamin D you should be getting to make up for the loss. Hydroxychloroquine, or Plaquenil, and corticosteroids, which both can be prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, are among these. Medication used to treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol have been known to lower the levels of vitamin D in the blood. Vitamin D has been known to boost the target effects of cancer treatments.
Getting enough vitamin D will help you keep the blues away. Many countries that do not get enough sunlight have a higher suicide rate than those countries closest to the equator. Make sure to get at least 20 minutes of direct sunlight every day. This will not only elevate your happiness and give you a greater sense of calm but it will also lengthen your life. If you are wondering if you have low vitamin D, get your blood checked. It is a simple blood tests and the results are available within a few days after the test is done.
Vitamin D and calcium work best as a team. One really can’t do their full job without the other’s support. Vitamin D helps you absorb calcium and strengthen bones. If you have weak bones or cancer, make sure to get enough of both of these vitamins. It will help your aches and pains and generally your medications used to strengthen bones will work more efficiently.