Vitamin D Supplements and Vitamin D Benefits

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Are vitamin D supplements beneficial to humans or are they a waste of money?

Let’s evaluate this in a scientific manner and discover the answer to the question, “Do vitamin D supplements work?

 

Risk factors of vitamin d deficiency

There are several risk factors that may put you at risk of a deficiency of vitamin d:

  • dark skin
  • depressed or poor mood
  • age more than 50
  • overweight or obese
  • gut conditions - Crohn’s disease, celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, IBS
  • sunscreen usage
  • season - fall and winter

 

Symptoms and Risks of vitamin d deficiency

Here are the common symptoms, conditions and risks of being vitamin D deficient:

  1. aching bones and/or sternum when pressed (Osteomalacia or rickets)
  2. sweaty head
  3. constipation
  4. muscle weakness
  5. painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  6. susceptibility to infections
  7. tooth decay & gum disease
  8. hearing loss
  9. higher mortality among older men
  10. breast cancer in postmenopausal women
  11. colorectal cancer
  12. heart disease
  13. hypertension
  14. stroke
  15. hair loss or thinning
  16. wounds take longer to heal
  17. frequent tiredness
  18. sepsis mortality among postmenopausal women
  19. depression among elderly people
  20. lung disease
  21. miscarriage
  22. metabolic syndrome
  23. poor bone strength among postmenopausal women
  24. poor balance in younger Parkinson’s Disease patients
  25. chronic kidney disease
  26. dry eyes

 

Benefits of Vitamin D

The benefits of vitamin D are that it will slash the risk of the conditions and diseases listed above.

With all these symptoms and risk of diseases, it’s obvious that vitamin D is an essential vitamin for the body. Many of the diseases caused by vitamin D deficiency are serious.

Also recent research has shown that obese children lose weight.

 

Solution to the Problem - How to Get Vitamin D

First let’s see how you can get vitamin D.

You can’t get it from your diet because there’s insufficient quantities in food.

It’s produced by your skin when you are exposed to sunlight. Your skin uses ultraviolet light from the sun to convert cholesterol into vitamin D3.

Vitamin D3 is the natural form of vitamin D synthesized by your skin.

The #1 recommended solution to the problem is to spend time in the sun without sunscreen for short periods of time when the UV index is above 3.

Make sure you don’t get a sunburn though.

If you’re naturally brown or black skinned, you’ll have to spend more time in the sun, because the melanin absorbs the UV light and more time will allow more UV light to penetrate the skin and be able to produce vitamin D.

You need between 600IU to 8,000 IU per day of vitamin D per day in order to achieve serum levels of 40ng/ml. The optimal levels are between 50 - 70 ng/ml.

So whichever brand of Vitamin D3 you buy, make sure you take enough to get the optimal levels.

 

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Resources:

  1. 7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency
  2. Vitamin D deficiency: Pain when you press this area of the body can be a tell-tale sign
  3. Low Vitamin D Raises Risk Of Death In Older Men
  4. Vitamin D deficiency may increase breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women
  5. Vitamin D and UV
  6. HEALTH: Why the sunshine vitamin is vital
  7. Effects of Supplemental Calcium and Vitamin D on Expression of Toll-Like Receptors and Phospho-IKKα/β in the Normal Rectal Mucosa of Colorectal Adenoma Patients
  8. Can Vitamin D Help Obese Children Lose Weight?
  9. Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Sepsis Mortality
  10. Vitamin D Deficiency in Patients with Aggressive Periodontitis
  11. Low Vitamin D Levels in Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  12. Vitamin D plays important role in athletic performance
  13. Effect of vitamin D supplementation on depression in elderly patients: A randomized clinical trial
  14. Low vitamin D levels tied to interstitial lung disease
  15. VITAMIN D LEVELS LINKED TO MISCARRIAGE
  16. Vitamin D deficiency increases risk for metabolic syndrome in Chinese youths
  17. Effects of Vitamin D3 Treatment on Bone Strength in Postmenopausal Women
  18. Vitamin D May Improve Balance in Younger Parkinson’s Patients, Pilot Study Suggests
  19. Intervention with vitamin D in patients with CKD may improve endothelial function
  20. Vitamin D deficiency symptoms: A certain sign in someone's eyes can indicate the condition.

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