Unexpected Benefits of Vitamin D and Natural Sources!

Unexpected Benefits of Vitamin D and Natural Sources!
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There is no denying that vitamin D is really important for our health, especially the health of our bones.

However, there is way more to it!

As it turns out, vitamin D is crucial to carrying a bunch of other body functions so make sure not to neglect it!

After all, health experts recommend you take a Vitamin D test at least once every 6 months!

Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin” is pretty unique due to the fact that it is produced in the human skin as a response to the sunlight!

That being said, there is no surprise that vitamin D deficiency is on the rise all over the world after a couple of years of social isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You win some, you lose some!

But what surprising benefits does vitamin D have aside from promoting bone health?

  1. It keeps you happy

That’s right! The “sunshine” vitamin is great at managing depression and known to uplift one’s mood.

One newer study found that vitamin D aids with serotonin and melatonin production, which are known for managing mood and the sleep cycle.

  1. It boosts immunity

Vitamin D can modulate innate immunity, protecting against infections as a result.

Its amazing effects became very obvious during the pandemic when vitamin D supplements were used to aid treatment.

Not to mention that many different studies have shown that Vitamin D has protective effects on respiratory functions.

  1. It manages blood pressure levels

Unstable blood pressure levels are a significant risk factor for CVD.

Newer studies have proven that vitamin D contributes to managing these levels through metabolic pathways.

Furthermore, breast and colon cancers have also been linked to vitamin D deficiency in some studies.

For instance, an analysis of 16 prospective studies proved that vitamin D is associated with a reduction in cancer risk by 11 percent.

Not to mention that it’s been found to play a role in avoiding autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

At this point, it’s very clear that getting enough vitamin D is really important but how can you do that?

Aside from supplements, there are several sources of vitamin D as follows:

Sunshine

As mentioned before, vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin” and for a good reason!

The sun is a natural source of it which is why the National Institute of Nutrition recommends spending 20+ minutes outside in the morning sun every day.

You could take a morning walk or jog or simply relax outdoors, spending your time reading a book or doing some yoga. The possibilities are endless!

Food

Unfortunately, vitamin D-rich foods are not many.

However, the ones that do contribute are quite common and delicious including fatty fish, Tuna, Salmon, and egg yolk.

Finally, if you are vegetarian, you will be happy to know that there are some options for you as well, including milk, tofu, yogurt, mushrooms, cheese and soybeans.


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Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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