Thursday, May 12, 2011

Vitamin D

We have all learned that vitamins are an essential part of life.  They are micronutrients because our bodies require them in small amounts compared to things like carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water.  Vitamins are a significant part of our good health because they regulate metabolism and are part of how our processes our food to release the energy within it.  Vitamins are either soluble in water or fat.  Water-soluble vitamins must be brought into the body daily because they are not stored in the body but pass through the body within hours.  Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body, usually in the body's fatty tissues.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that has properties of both a vitamin and a hormone and it is required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus.  It is necessary for growth and development, protects against muscle weakness and is involved in regulating the heartbeat.  It is also important in the prevention and treatment of breast and colon cancers, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and hypocalcemia; enhances immunity; and is necessary for thyroid function and normal blood clotting.  Researchers have discovered that dark-skinned people and people living in the upper third of the continental United States and Canada cannot produce enough Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight which makes Vitamin D supplementation necessary.  You can take a quick quiz to see if you are getting enough Vitamin D.  Benefits of Vitamin D include a reduction in the risk of colon polyps and prostate cancer, less coronary artery disease and a decreased chance of developing type 1 diabetes, plus increased muscle strength and coordination along with higher bone strength.  Deficiencies can cause rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults as well as loss of appetite, a burning sensation in the mouth or throat, diarrhea, insomnia, visual problems, and weight loss.  Cholesterol lowering drugs, antacids, mineral oil and steroid hormones interfere with Vitamin D absorption.  It is critical that Vitamin D be taken with Calcium, so be sure that your natural supplement includes calcium as well. 

Supplementation is important today because while we were created to get all the nutrients we need for healthy lives through our food, our commercialized food supply today does not provide the same volume of important nutrients that it once did.  Due to poor commercial farming practices, depleted soils and premature harvesting, our produce is not as nutritious as Grandma's produce was.  It is important that we supplement our diets with food based supplements because our bodies don't appreciate synthetic copy-cats.  In addition, we spend a lot more time indoors today than we used to and so we just don't get out into the sun as often as our bodies need us to.

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