You know, probably, that vitamin D is necessary for strengthening bones. It is a regulator of calcium and phosphorus metabolism in the body and helps in the prevention of diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Vitamin D also strengthens the immune system, preventing many inflammatory and allergic diseases, protects the body from the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases, plays an important role in maintaining the function of the thyroid gland and normal blood clotting.
For today in the modern world, there is a present “epidemic of lack” of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. There are several of its forms, called calciferols, but we are interested in 2 of them, namely:
D2 (ergocalciferol), which is found in products of plant origin
D3 ( cholecalciferol), which is synthesized in the skin under the influence of ultraviolet rays of sunlight, and also found in some products.
Who is Vitamin-D Deficient?
People who live in places where the sun is rare, at latitudes> 40 ° (for example, Northern Europe).
According to Professor Roma from the Harvard School of Public Health, people who do not have the opportunity to visit the Sun for 20 to 30 minutes every day need food supplements that contain vitamin D3.
Other risk groups
- Aged (aging skin loses its ability to synthesize vitamin D);
- People with mobility problems who are not in the open air;
- Working in the night shift or just leading nightlife;
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Vitamin D protects against the development of cardiovascular diseases.
The results of the studies presented at the Congress of the American Heart Association (2009) showed that people with vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and the deaths associated with them. During the year under supervision, there were 27,000 people over the age of 50 with an insufficient level of vitamin D (<10 μg)
Compared with people who have a normal level of vitamin D in the blood, the observed had:
- 77% additional risk of death
- 45% of additional risk of coronary disease
- 78% of additional risk of craniocerebral problems.
- 101% of the additional risk of developing heart failure.
In addition, a lack of vitamin D increases the threat of the appearance of other diseases that arise as a result of its deficiency in the human body:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Bronchial asthma
Vitamin D Food Sources:
- Orange Juice
- Soy Milk
Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fatty fish, allows you to get the required amount of vitamin D3 in an absolutely natural way.
If the Mediterranean diet is not possible (for financial and other reasons), the use of a dietary supplement containing “natural vitamin D3” goes without saying. The use of dietary supplements containing vitamin D3 is absolutely necessary for the elderly, whose daily requirement of vitamin D increases by one and a half times.