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Vitamin D: The Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin

(DrEddyClinic News) There are five different types of Vitamin D (D1, D2, D3, D4 & D5), but D2 and D3 are the only types that our bodies can use. When something just says “vitamin D” it is generally referring to D2 or D3 (or a combination of the two).

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Vitamin D is a prohormone, which is the precursor to a hormone. In its raw form (sun exposure, foods, supplements), Vitamin D is inert and has to go through a series of complex biochemical reactions before your body can use it. These reactions produce calcitriol, which is the form of Vitamin D that is used by your body (D2 and D3).

Vitamin D is one of the only vitamins that your body can produce by itself. What is the catalyst that gets your D production going? Good old-fashioned sunshine! It’s the ultraviolet-B radiation (UVB) that enables vitamin D production to occur in the skin.

Vitamin D is produced in equal amounts in both people with fairly pigmented and darkly pigmented skin after exposure to UVB radiation (sunlight) [1]. Sunlight is important for Vitamin D production, but the strength of sunlight and the intensity of UVB exposure can be affected by season, distance from the equator, and even personal habits. If you have a job that keeps you indoors during daylight hours, or you work nights, you don’t produce as much Vitamin D as someone who is outside for at least ten to fifteen minutes each day.

Vitamin D can be supplemented by eating the right foods. See my previous blogpost about foods containing Vitamin D.

Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays an important role in bone building by enabling calcium uptake by your body. It is also very important for healthy immune system function[2] and may help lower your risk of contracting colds [3]. Vitamin D also helps confer innate immunity which may protect your body from the influenza virus [4].

Vitamin D has had a positive effect on many different diseases, including multiple sclerosis http://www.dreddyclinic.com/findinformation/mm/multiplesclerosis.php [5], arthritis [6] and even cancer [7]. Children with higher vitamin D levels are less likely to suffer from asthma [8] and allergies than those who are vitamin D deficient. Mental agility might be maintained by adequate levels of the vitamin, especially in the elderly [9].

Because Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption, it is important for bone mineralization (hardening), which keeps your bones strong and supple. A sufficient amount of Vitamin D helps prevent joint discomfort.

There is also evidence suggesting that Vitamin D may play an important role in weight loss [10], both in adults and in children. Some researchers are exploring whether vitamin D may act as a natural protector from low levels of radiation [11], such as the background radiation we receive from sunlight and other sources.

Symptoms and Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency

There are no clearly defined causes of vitamin D deficiency, however the obvious culprits are not eating right and a lack of activity in general, but especially outdoor activity. Adults and children who have poor diets are especially at risk. Risk factors for being vitamin D deficient include race, gender, and lifestyle, including time spent watching TV, playing video games or sitting in front of the computer.

Suntrex D3™ is a natural vitamin D3 supplement formula that boosts the immune system, assists with calcium absorption, promotes brain health, and more.

People at high risk of having Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome (VDDS) are often those who suffer from other disorders, such as autoimmune diseases, heart disease, osteoporosis http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=32424, chronic pain and fatigue, and certain cancers. Symptoms for some of these disorders can be lessened by taking a Vitamin D supplement or eating more foods with vitamin d.

Other diseases and disorders, such as rickets, rheumatism, and osteoporosis (bone disease) can be exascerbated by a lack of vitamin D in the body [12]. Hypocalcemic tetany, a condition in which the body is low in calcium due to vitamin D deficiency, casues overactive neurological reflexes, spasms of the extremeties (hands and feet) and larynx, and muscle cramps. Calcitriol, the form of vitamin D your body uses, plays a key role in the maintenance of many organ systems.

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

1. Bogh MK, Schmedes AV, Philipsen PA, Thieden E, Wulf HC. Vitamin D production after UVB exposure depends on baseline vitamin D and total cholesterol but not on skin pigmentation http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19812604. J Invest Dermatol. 2010 Feb;130(2):546-53. doi: 10.1038/jid.2009.323. Epub 2009 Oct 8. Erratum in: J Invest Dermatol. 2010 Jun;130(6):1751.

2. Rucević I, Barisić-Drusko V, Glavas-Obrovac L, Stefanić M. Vitamin D endocrine system and psoriasis vulgaris–review of the literature http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19818218. Acta Dermatovenerol Croat. 2009;17(3):187-92. Review.

3. Sue McGreevey. Risk Of Colds And Flu May Be Increased By Vitamin D Deficiency http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=140123. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 2009 February 24.

4. Cannell JJ, Zasloff M, Garland CF, Scragg R, Giovannucci E. On the epidemiology of influenza http://www.virologyj.com/content/5/1/29. Virol J. 2008 Feb 25;5:29. doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-5-29. Review.

5. Kathleen Wets. Link Between Vitamin D And Reduction In Multiple Sclerosis Risk http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=151584. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 2009 May 28.

6. n.p. High vitamin D intake linked to reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=5281. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 2004 January 12.

7. Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Study Suggests Vitamin D Screening And Appropriate Supplementation Indicated For All Cancer Patients http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=154000. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 2009 June 16.

8. American Thoracic Society. Vitamin D Levels Linked To Asthma Severity http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=147265. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 2009 April 24.

9. Journal Of Neurology Neurosurgery And Psychiatry. Vitamin D May Have Key Role In Helping Brain Work Well In Later Life http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=150939. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 2009 May 21.

10. Aaron Lohr. Link Between Successful Weight Loss And Vitamin D Levels http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=153669. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 2009 June 13.

11. Hayes, Daniel. Vitamin D As Radiation Protection http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/128693.php. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 2008 November 10.

12. Rajakumar K. Vitamin D, cod-liver oil, sunlight, and rickets: a historical perspective http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12897318. Pediatrics. 2003 Aug;112(2):e132-5.

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