Interesting facts about vitamin D.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for maintaining the mineral balance in the body. It’s most active form in humans. Vitamin D3 cholecalciferol can be synthesized in the skin upon exposure to ultraviolet-B radiation from sunlight.
Here are some interesting facts about vitamin D which you probably never heard before.
The rays of natural sunlight that produce vitamin D in your skin cannot penetrate glass. This means you cannot get vitamin D inside a car or at home.
A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin D into their diet.
The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most U.S. states are far from the equator.
Weak sunscreens such as SPF 8 can block Vitamin D by up to 95%. This can cause vitamin D deficiency problems and disease if used commonly.
40% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient.
People who are tan require more time in the sun to get vitamin D, because the darker skin pigment blocks the effects of the sun.
Vitamin D is activated in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used. Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body’s ability to activate circulating vitamin D.
If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may be suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now.
Vitamin D Can Cut the Risk of Breast Cancer. a recent study suggests spending some time in the sun each day can reduce your risk for breast cancer.
Vitamin D May Reduce Risk of Multiple sclerosis. Studies in Scotland suggest there could be a link between the two and that Vitamin D could offer some neuro protective effects.
Vitamin D Supports Verbal Communication. a recent report suggests pregnant women with low Vitamin D levels are two times as likely to have children with language difficulties. It’s important to remember that a developing baby relies entirely on the mother for vitamin D. This makes it doubly important for expectant mothers to get enough of the vitamin.
Vitamin D Deficiency is linked to Autism. One study noted that autistic children do, in fact, have lower vitamin D levels than non-autistic children. Regardless, it certainly seems to show how important Vitamin D can be to brain health.
Low Vitamin D is Linked to Premature Death. Research has found that individuals with low blood levels of vitamin D had a doubled risk of premature death compared to those with a higher level.
Low Vitamin D Boosts Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer.
A recent study even suggests low levels can boost a person’s risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s. As we age, our skin becomes less able to convert vitamin D from sunlight,
Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation, 2000 units daily have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years.
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