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Researching the Benefits of Vitamin D for our Bodies

vitamin-d-research-sunlightDo you often think to yourself, “Did I get enough Vitamin D today?” Chances are, no,
you don’t think this. Vitamin D often gets overlooked in our dietary lives. A lot of the time
we are focusing on what will help us lose weight, or what will help us reduce symptoms
of some certain ailment we are facing, but what we don’t know is that research has
shown that Vitamin D can aid in these and much more. Vitamin D can be considered a
multi-tasker with a plethora of benefits for our bodies.

Mood
Observational studies have found a link between Vitamin D and mood levels in older
adults. In these studies, it was found that Vitamin D deficiency could be a risk-factor for
depression brought on later in life. Participants who took Vitamin D supplementation
were found to have an increase in their mood levels.
http://www.jad-journal.com/article/S0165-0327(15)31026-0/abstract

Musculoskeletal
Research has shown that Vitamin D benefits the body’s musculoskeletal functions.
Again, with our Vitamin D deficient lifestyles, people can be more prone to fractures and
muscle weakness. A study found that daily Vitamin D supplementation reduced hip and
non-spinal fractures by 20%. Sufficient Vitamin D levels help with bone mineralization
and keeps them from softening as we get older.

Vitamin D

Mortality
Another study sought out to find an association between Vitamin D and general
mortality. In the study, populations had their Vitamin D levels checked and were
separated based on their Vitamin D statuses. The population with the higher status
results had lower mortality rates than the population that was considered Vitamin D
deficient. This study’s purpose was to generally associate Vitamin D status levels with
risk factors related to mortality.
http://www.danmedj.dk/portal/page/portal/danmedj.dk/dmj_forside/PAST_ISSUE/2015/
DMJ_2015_02/B5008

Heart Health
The heart “flexes” its muscle with the help of Vitamin D. Over time, like other muscles,
the heart can become weaker and even damaged. That, compounded with a Vitamin D
deficiency can cause problems in the long run. Studies found that men who were
Vitamin D deficient were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack. It’s no surprise here that
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to heart issues.

Vitamin D

The list can go on and on about what research says about Vitamin D and its
preventative properties, but the benefits outlined are reason enough for you to make
sure that your Vitamin D levels are up to par. In this day and age and with the modern
lifestyles we live, it’s not hard for us to become deficient. Speak to your doctor about
testing and how you can combat Vitamin D deficiency. They may even recommend
changes in diet or Vitamin D supplementation.

Why Our Bodies Need Vitamin D Supplementation

Sunlight Trees Horses Herding Horseback Cowboys

The year is 1817, void of our current-day electronics, processed foods, and 8+ hour desk job work days. The farming and agriculture industry reigns, where 90% of the population lives on a farm and produces their own food.

This lifestyle encouraged ample amounts of sunlight to be absorbed into the skin thus, producing Vitamin D for our bodies to use. In those times, Vitamin D deficiencies were not an issue like they are today.

Vitamin D is a unique vitamin in that our bodies do produce it, but as our habits change and we age, it becomes harder to trigger its production. Natural Vitamin D food sources are very limited and only include fish and egg yolks. Some foods can be fortified with Vitamin D, but natural sources are the best way to obtain the Vitamin.

This is where it becomes problematic for us today. We are already faced at a disadvantage with such a limited number of food sources where we can access Vitamin D. Couple that with the fact that our population hardly spends time outside in the natural sunlight like we did 200 years ago. We are hit with a double whammy where Vitamin D deficiencies seem inevitable.

Vitamin D is essential for our bone, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular health. It is for these reasons that we require Vitamin D supplementation. The recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin D for adults aged 51-70 years is 600 IU. For adults over 70 the amount increases to 800 IU (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). With our modern lives that are mainly spent indoors, we simply cannot naturally produce these amounts resulting in us relying on supplementation to keep us healthy.

Make sure you are being proactive about your health and being intentional when it comes to obtaining Vitamin D and seeking out supplementation.

Be sure to speak with your health care professional before you start taking a Vitamin D supplement.

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/#h2
http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/vitamin-d-and-your-health
http://animalsmart.org/animals-and-the-environment/comparing-agriculture-of-the-past-with-today