Vitamin D is a fat soluble Vitamin, which means it is delivered with fats and oils. It is best absorbed through the skin when you are in the sun, but it can also be found in liver, egg yolks, canned salmon and sardines, orange juice, yogurt (needs to be fortified) and beef. The exact dosage required per person is very difficult to establish because of the variations in sun exposure. If you think you may be Vitamin D deficient, please see your physician to discuss if you are a candidate for supplementation.
Why is vitamin D all important?
This one vitamin is used to prevent rickets in children, Osteomalacia (bone pain) in adults, preventing falls and fractures for those with brittle bones or Osteoporosis, used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is also used to aid in the treatment of Diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, PMS, tooth and gum disease. It also helps to boost your immune system and aids in the prevention of auto-immune diseases. Oh did I mention it also helps to regulate phosphorus and calcium in your body.
I am not implying that if you suffer from any of the above conditions, you should rely only on Vitamin D for your treatment, but rather supplementing with it with your current treatment plan. I suggest speaking with a Naturopathic physician about further treatment options and proper supplementation for specific health conditions.
Although it seems this one little vitamin does everything, it seems that most people know little about its importance. Just like anything, if taken in too high a dose it will not have good effects on you. In fact, this wonder vitamin is extremely toxic if taken in high doses and can cause renal damage, cardiovascular damage and calcium deposits in soft tissues. You should also speak to your physician before taking Vitamin D if you are taking any other medications. There is potential for a drug interaction if you take any of the following medications: estrogen, Isoniazid, Thiazide, Antacids, Calcium Channel Blockers, Cholestyramine and mineral oil.
Although all vitamins and minerals are important to overall health, it is difficult to ignore the importance of good ol’ Vitamin D. Make sure you get lots of sunshine, and eat lots of liver or sardines; that way you don’t need to worry about supplementing.