Vitamin D is actually a group of two fat soluble prohormones known as D2 and D3.
The purpose of these hormones is –
- To synthesize the effects of healthy sunlight to boost calcium
- Increase phosphorous absorption in the intestines
- Build healthy teeth and bones
- Keep immune systems operating at a healthy level
- Maintain blood pressure levels
- Increase insulin secretion
- Slow the growth of breast, colorectal and breast cancers
- Maintains a healthy thyroid
- Prevent depression
A deficiency of Vitamin D can result in memory loss, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, foggy brain, psoriasis, and fatigue, weakness in the joints and banes and dry red skin patches on the elbows, knees and scalp.
Children lacking Vitamin D may experience rickets which results in bowed legs, skull or rib cage.
The main cause of Vitamin D deficiency is lack of sunlight, slowing down of the metabolism, liver diseases, autism, kidney diseases and Hepatitis C.
The recommended daily amount of vitamin D is at least 1 gram for both men and women. The maximum suggested amount being 2.5 grams daily. If amounts exceed this maximum limit, a condition known as Hypercalcemia might result.
Foods rich in vitamin D include Salmon, shrimp cow’s milk, cod and eggs.
Did you know –
- In most countries foods such as margin, milk and flour are routinely fortified with Vitamin D
- The fattier the piece of fish is the more vitamin D it is likely to contain in the flesh
- The best fish source of Vitamin D is cat fish
- The one thing humans have in common with phytoplankton is their ability to synthesize Vitamin D by exposing their flesh to the sun
Irradiating milk with ultraviolet light is boosts it’s vitamin D content