Vitamins are important, we all know that. Some are more important than others. Of all the vitamins, Vitamin D is actually one of the most important vitamins for our health. But do you know why it is important for you? Don’t worry if you don’t, that’s what this article is all about.
Read on to find out more about Vitamin D, and it’s importance for our health.
Why You Need Vitamin D
Here are nine reasons why you need Vitamin D:
- Bone health – For the longest time health experts believed that the main role, if not the only role, of Vitamin D is to keep our bones healthy. That is not quite true anymore, as recent studies have established that Vitamin D is important for a lot more than just keeping our bones in good condition. That said, this is still one of the most important roles this Vitamin plays. Without enough Vitamin D, it will be hard for our bodies to absorb calcium and phosphorus, which are crucial for maintaining our bones. Simply put, insufficient Vitamin D will mean insufficient absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and that will adversely impact our bones. Just imagine how drastically your health will be affected if your bones are weak or brittle…
- Immune system – Here’s another important function they Vitamin D plays in our body, that of fortifying our immune system. A lack of it makes our immune system weak, which increases our chances of being ill. So if you want to be healthier and reduce the chances of being sick, Vitamin D is essential.
- Mood – A lack of Vitamin D doesn’t just affect our bone health and immune system, it also has an impact on our mood, and mental health. Lack of this vitamin has been linked to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in Western countries where there isn’t much sunlight during the colder months. Research has also found that Vitamin D has direct impact on our ability to regulate our mood. All these have a major impact on our mental health, especially depression and anxiety.
- Falls – The lack of Vitamin D affects our bone health, as you learned earlier. But what you might not realise is that this has a direct impact on our ability to maintain our balance. Stronger bones mean good balance, whereas weaker bones mean bad balance. This especially impacts older people, and as such Vitamin D becomes really important as you get older.
- Diabetes – Vitamin D helps lower the risk of diabetes, especially in people of a young age, and people who live in high altitudes.
- Cancer – Vitamin D has been to have an impact on reducing the risks of cancer, especially prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer.
- Heart disease – Vitamin D helps reduce the risks of bad heart health, especially high blood pressure, and related issues like strokes and heart attacks.
- Lung function – Our lungs are yet another organ that Vitamin D helps function properly.
- Weight loss – If you’re overweight, Vitamin D can prove to be really useful, as it has been found to have a direct impact on losing weight. This is very likely because Vitamin D has appetite-suppressing effect, which means you won’t need the urge to eat as much. Along with its heart healthy effects, this is a great benefit for Vitamin D. This impact on weight loss is actually great, as obesity is a big cause for a whole host of health issues.
Vitamin D, as you have learned, is essential for lots of reasons. And even though getting it from the sun (the most common source) seems easy enough, it actually isn’t. The fact that most of our lives are spent inside nowadays certainly does not help. But you can work on increasing your Vitamin D intake – an easy way to start is to spend more time outdoors and/or in the sun. Supplements can also help.
Look after your health.
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