Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Vitamin D was discovered by Sir Edward Mellanby. It is a fat-soluble vitamin. Chemical names are Cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol. The body makes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. You may be at risk of deficiency if you are not exposing yourself to sunlight.

Rich source of Vitamin D

  • Milk
  • Fortified soy and rice beverages
  • Fortified margarine
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Organ meats
  • Cod liver oils
  • Mushrooms
  • Butter
  • Kidneys
  • Sunlight
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon (especially sockeye salmon)
  • Sardine
  • Shrimp
  • Alfalfa
  • Beef liver
  • Egg yolk
  • Oatmeal
  • Fatty salt-water fish (cod, halibut, tuna, and salmon)
  • Oysters

Vitamin D

Vitamin D Uses

  • Increases immunity
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Maintains lungs, heart, kidneys
  • Weight loss
  • Cognitive function
  • Maintains the level of calcium in the blood
  • Builds bone density to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures
  • Prevents and treats rickets and osteomalacia
  • Needed for normal brain cell growth
  • Slows the age-related decline in mental agility
  • Stimulates the production of insulin
  • Protects against high blood pressure

Vitamin D Deficiency Problems

  • Getting sick or infected often.
  • Fatigue and tiredness.
  • Depression.
  • Hair loss.
  • Rickets which causes soft bones.
  • Skeletal deformities or retarded growth in children.
  • Muscle or bone pain (including low back pain).
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Higher risk of periodontal disease in adults over 50 years old rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Increased risk of diabetes due to insufficient insulin produced.
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure.
  • Hypocalcemia (low blood calcium level) is characterized by muscle cramps.
  • Twitching nerves or muscles.
  • Numbness and tingling of fingers and toes.
  • Irregular heart contractions and irritability.