Health problems with Vitamin D deficiency
The human body can produce its vitamin D(D3) when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D(D3) is one of the essential vitamins that is required to maintain good health.It plays a significant role in the maintenance of strong bones and also plays an important role in the functioning of muscles, brain, lungs and heart.
A recent study says that 69% of Indians suffer from vitamin D deficiency while a further 15% were found to be vitamin D insufficient.
Busy lifestyle, late night jobs, computer jobs, using sunscreen lotions, etc. are some of the reasons why people are not getting exposed to early morning sunlight that contains high amounts of Vitamin D.
About vitamin ‘D(D3)’: Vitamin D is one of the essential fat-soluble vitamins required for our body. Vitamin D is classified as ‘D2’ and ‘D3’.
– Vitamin D available in some leafy vegetables is classified as Vitamin D2.
– Vitamin D which we get when exposed to sunlight is classified as Vitamin D3.
In fact Vitamin D3 is not an essential dietary vitamin, it means we no need to consume Vitamin D3 through food, because, the human body can get Vitamin D3 when exposed to sunlight.
How Vitamin D helps our body? – The importance of Vitamin D
- It plays a substantial role in strengthening the bones
- It helps in absorption of calcium and phosphate from food in the intestine, hence making bones stronger
- It helps in decreasing the risk of getting cancer
- It boosts the immune system
- It reduces the risk of heart diseases
- It also prevents high blood pressure
- It contributes to fighting against influenza(Flu).
- It helps in reducing muscle pain
- It helps in treating type 1 and two diabetes. Vitamin D is required to balance sugar levels in the blood by regulating the secretion of insulin.
- It helps in reducing hypertension
Vitamin D deficiency and Fertility
- According to the research of European Journal of Endocrinology, Vitamin D plays a vital role in fertility.
Vitamin D and Men’s Fertility:
As per the research findings,
- Vitamin D is essential for the healthy development of nucleus in sperm cell
- Vitamin D is essential for maintaining semen quality and sperm count
- Vitamin D also increases the hormone testosterone levels
Vitamin D and Women’s Fertility:
As per the research findings,
- Vitamin D regulates menstrual cycles and improves the likelihood of successful conception.
- During pregnancy, vitamin D is necessary for the formation of bones and teeth in the baby.
Major health problems with Vitamin D deficiency
- It causes rickets which leads to formation of soft bones and skeletal deformities
- Joint pains, pain in lower back, hips, pelvis thighs and feet
- Muscle weakness
- Increases the risk of Cardiovascular problems
- Memory loss in adults
- Asthma or breathing problems in children
- Tooth decay
- Tuberculosis, Influenza(Flu), Upper respiratory and tract infections
- Increases risk of getting cancer(Breast, Colon, Prostate, Pancreas cancer, etc
Dietary Vitamin D3 sources
Even though human body can make Vitamin D from sunlight, we can also get Vitamin D supplements from some food. However, the amount of Vitamin D available in dietary sources is comparatively very less when compared to the sunlight
Dietary vitamin D3 is available in Cod liver oil, Swordfish, Salmon fish, Tuna fish, Orange Juice, Egg York, Milk, Yogurt, Liver, and Cheese, etc.
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