One of the most essential vitamins to your body is Vitamin D! As we all get older, certain things become more of a risk. Some of those risks include: osteoporosis, osteomalacia, type 1 diabetes, and certain cancers. Believe it or not, but these perils are each linked to a Vitamin D deficiency! Some people don’t know the difference between osteoporosis and osteomalacia; here are their basic meanings and the reason we want to avoid them. Osteoporosis is when your bones become fragile and delicate from a forfeiture of tissue. Osteomalacia is the softening of bones, which can lead to bowing or even breaking.
After knowing the information above, it is safe to say that one of the most important benefits is deterring some of those diseases. Digging just a little bit further, Vitamin D can reduce the risk of diabetes, lower chances of having heart attacks, and decrease the risk of multiple sclerosis. Doctor Holick who runs a Vitamin D lab stated that it kindles your pancreas to produce insulin, and controls the immune system. Vitamin D also regulates your levels of minerals including phosphorus and, of course, calcium.
Lastly, it can be used to treat and aid the prevention of skin conditions
Some of the skin conditions it can prevent are psoriasis, vitiligo, and lupus vulgaris. Each of these is something you want to avoid and taking proper amounts of Vitamin D is one extra defense system to preventing them. If you don’t take vitamins in pill or powder form, here are some foods with high amounts of Vitamin D, so you can focus on eating the vitamins in your meals: Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Milk, Eggs, Mushrooms, Orange Juice, Sardines, and many cereals and oats.
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Kim Shapira MS, RD