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5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D

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Vitamin D has become a popular vitamin in recent years due to its importance to health and vitality. It is actually a group of fat-soluble secosteroids which enhances intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc. It is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” due to the human bodies’ ability to generate it when exposed to the sun.

In addition to the sun exposure, the level of vitamin D can be increased with consuming certain foods.  Fish oils and fatty fish are some of the richest sources of the vitamin. For example, a tablespoon of the blue ice cod liver oil will provide you with more than 1300 IU. Consuming 4 ounces of fresh or raw herring will add approximately 1000 IU to your system. While eating a cup of raw maitake mushroom will deliver fairly high 780 IU per serving. Although fortified skim milk and eggs contain the vitamin, they are less abundant sources with 120 IU per cup of milk and 44 IU per egg.

Whether you are getting regular exposure to sunlight or take a spoonful of blue ice cod liver oil, maintaining a sufficient amount of vitamin can have several health benefits. These are 5 benefits which are attributed to sustaining recommended level of vitamin D:

BOOST BRAIN PERFORMANCE

study conducted by the researchers from the University of Manchester in England found a link between vitamin D and mental sharpness. After taking blood tests of over 3,000 European middle and older aged men, they concluded that the participants who lacked the vitamin had relatively poor ability to memorize and process information than the ones who had adequate levels.

MAINTAIN HEALTHY BONES

Sunshine vitamin participates in the regulation of calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood. Two processes which have vital importance for bone health. Rickets in children have been linked to vitamin D deficiency. This disease occurs due to flawed mineralization and softening of the bones leading to “O” like bending of legs. Vitamin D is equally important for the bone health among adults. The lack of it can lead to osteoporosis. The bones of the people suffering with this condition become brittle and are prone to easily fracture especially in the hip, wrist or spine.

REDUCE THE RISK OF FLU

A research conducted by Massachusetts and Colorado scientists found that lack of vitamin D correlated with elevated infection contraction. In other words people with the sunshine vitamin deficiency are running a higher risk of catching cold. Who knows maybe taking enough vitamin D will save you from flu during the next season.

GET THAT SIX PACK

This might be the least expected of the benefits of vitamin D. If you have been working on your abs and would take any help to trim fat and get to that six pack, then adding orange juice rich in vitamin D might be something you may want to consider. A three month study found that the participants who drank orange juice enriched with vitamin D, burnt more fat compared to others who drank the same juice without it. Maybe you should also add some more vitamin D to your orange juice. Just do not mix the juice with blue ice cod liver oil or maitake mushroom. Clearly you are not going to get a tolerable orange juice mix with these ingredients.

IMPROVE CELLULAR HEALTH

Although further research is needed, various studies indicate that low sunshine vitamin levels may have connection to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Among type 2 diabetes patients vitamin D deficiency has negative impact on insulin, serotonin and glucose tolerance. A study conducted on infants revealed that regular intake of vitamin D lowered the risk of developing diabetes by 88%.

Low levels of vitamin D have also been linked to cardiovascular disease, heart health, pregnancy complications, elevated cancer risk, autism, arthritis, hair vitality and more. However, further research is needed to assess these links.