Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Aid Overall Health

Vitamin D is quickly becoming a well-known important nutrient that can help fight off illness, increase mood, and prevent diseases such as cancer. Vitamin D can be obtained from food such as cod liver oil, eggs, fish, and fortified milk. It also is produced by exposure from the sun, in as little as ten minutes per day. Supplements are also available and recommended for those who have difficulty obtaining it in other ways.

Vitamin D helps increase the absorption of calcium which results in the formation of strong bones.It also helps the body keep normal levels of phosphorus and calcium in the blood. This, in turn, helps in preventing hypertension (high blood pressure), osteoporosis, diabetes, auto immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, and cancer.

Those with a deficiency in vitamin D have a higher chance of getting rickets (mostly in children) and osteomalacia (softening of the bones). People who are at risk for vitamin D deficiency include individuals who are obese, the elderly, infants who are exclusively breast fed, those with limited exposure to the sun, and individuals who have inflammatory bowel disease or fat malabsorption syndrome.

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Vitamin D and Decreased Incidence of Osteoporosis When vitamin D is taken with calcium, bone loss is slowed and there is less chance of fracture. Without the presence of vitamin D, less calcium is absorbed which increases the risk of fracture and the weakening of bones. Vitamin D supplemen... more

Vitamin D and Decreased Incidence of Osteoporosis

When vitamin D is taken with calcium, bone loss is slowed and there is less chance of fracture. Without the presence of vitamin D, less calcium is absorbed which increases the risk of fracture and the weakening of bones. Vitamin D supplements can help those who are at an increased risk of getting osteoporosis.

Vitamin D and Psoriasis

Psoriasis is defined as plaques on the skin. Studies have shown that vitamin D3 can possibly control the growth of skin cells and decrease the severity of skin plaques. The vitamin D is applied topically as an ointment and is well- tolerated and safe.

Vitamin D and Decreased Muscle Pain and Weakness

Kids and adults who have vitamin D deficiency tend to have more muscle pain and weakness, such as increased low back pain. Taking Vitamin D supplements have been shown to decrease the incidence of pain and weakness in the muscles.

Vitamin D and Controlling Diabetes

Vitamin D has been shown to improve cell sensitivity to insulin, which decreases the occurrence and severity of diabetes. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be controlled with vitamin D supplements.

Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention

Vitamin D can possibly help prevent and treat cancer. Some cancers that seem to improve with supplementation include colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers.

Vitamin D and Controlling High Blood Pressure

Vitamin D supplements may work to prevent and lower hypertension, or high blood pressure. Studies have shown that the occurrence of high blood pressure tends to be higher in populations that are located further from the equator, in the winter season, and in people with variations in skin pigmentation. All of these situations include lack of sunlight which equals lower levels of vitamin D. Supplementing with vitamin D can possibly help with high blood pressure.

Vitamin D and the Prevention of Multiple Sclerosis

One of the risk factors for getting Multiple Sclerosis is decreased exposure to sunlight. The incidence of Multiple Sclerosis tends to be higher in areas further from the equator and in those that are overcast and cloudy. Taking vitamin D supplements can decrease the chance of getting Multiple Sclerosis.

Vitamin D Dosage Recommendations

Dosage of vitamin D can vary from person to person. If an individual has a diet high in vitamin D sources or has a lot of exposure to sunlight, 400 IU should be enough. For others, the amount of vitamin D taken daily can be between 1,000 and 2,000 IU.

Talk to your health care provider if you have questions as to the dosage appropriate for your situation and to avoid possible side effects.

Vitamin D Side Effects

High doses of vitamin D, especially when taken over a long period of time, can cause damage to the levels of calcium in the body which in turn can harm organs and bones. Other side effects include fatigue, weakness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, headaches, metallic taste, dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting. High doses usually refers to levels higher than 4,000 IU daily, which causes calcium levels to increase to harmful levels.

Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should be safe when taking lower doses of vitamin D.

Because of the effect on calcium levels, individuals with kidney disease should be monitered carefully if taking vitamin D. Also, those with sarcoidosis, artherosclerosis, hyperparathyroidism, histoplamosis, and lymphoma should be cautious. Find Vitamin D and other nutrition options with the free supplement finder now!


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Damage To Calcium Levels
Dry Mouth
Loss Of Appetite
Metallic Taste
Alfacalcidol: 1-alpha-hydroxycholecalciferol, 1-alpha-hydroxycholécalciférol, 1 alpha (OH)D3. Calcifediol: 25-HCC, 25-hydroxycholecalciferol, 25-hydroxycholécalciferol , 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, 25-hydroxyvitamine D3, 25-OHCC, 25-OHD3, Calcifédiol. Calcipotriene : Calcipotriène, Calcipotriol. Calcitriol: 1,25-DHCC, 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, 1,25-dihydroxycholécalciférol, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamine D3, 1,25-diOHC, 1,25(0H)2D3. Cholecalciferol: 7-déhydrocholestérol Activé, Activated 7-dehydrocholesterol, Cholécalciférol, Colecalciferol, Colécalciférol, Vitamin D3. Dihydrotachysterol: DHT, Dihydrotachystérol, dihydrotachysterol 2, dichysterol, Vitamine D3. Ergocalciferol: Activated Ergosterol, Calciferol, Ergocalciférol, Ergocalciferolum, Ergostérol Activé, Ergostérol Irradié, Irradiated Ergosterol, Viosterol, Viostérol, Vitamin D2, Vitamine D2. Paricalcitol: 19-nor-1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2, 19-nor-1,25-dihydroxyvitamine D2, Paracalcin. Fat-Soluble Vitamin, Vitamina D, Vitamine D, Vitamine Liposoluble
Bone Strength
Cancer Prevention
Mood Enhancer
Multiple Sclerosis Prevention
Muscle Pain
Muscle Weakness
Prevent Illness