Thursday, April 28, 2016

Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Called the “sunshine vitamin” as the body can produce vitamin D when the skin is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet B (UVB) rays; Vitamin D could be considered, at least to some degree, to be a hormone. Necessary for the proper metabolism of both calcium and phosphorus; controls the absorption and levels of calcium in the blood, as well as its excretion through urination; decreases the risk of colon polyps; may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer; vital for the growth and development of bones and teeth.

Liver and gallbladder disorders can prevent the body from properly absorbing and utilizing vitamin D. Medications, such as antacids, steroids, and drugs for lowering cholesterol, as well as mineral oil, can also prevent proper absorption. Vitamin D and calcium must be maintained in proper ratios – certain diuretics can cause an imbalance.

Vitamin D has also been to linked to the possible prevention of heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, common colds and flu's. It plays a major role in regulating the calcium and phosphorous levels within the bloodstream as well.

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