Vitamin D and its many benefits

IAS News 24 December 2012 | 0 Comments

Everyone knows how important it is to get enough vitamin D into your body at all times of the year. However in the winter months this can sometimes be difficult due to the lack of sunlight penetrating through the often thick dark clouds that hover above us. Well this is definitely the case in the UK! Here are just a few of the reasons why vitamin D is such an important nutrient to be supplementing through times of less sunlight.

Why?

Healthy muscles and aging, low levels linked with autism, infection prone patients protection from respiratory tract infections, slow pre-cancerous growths, protect against breast cancer, clogged arteries in diabetics, are all just some of the reasons why taking a vitamin D supplement is so strongly advised.

Diabetic

Low levels of vitamin D have been known to play a big part among diabetics, and it seems even more than previously thought due to a new link to it being one of the causes of clogged arteries, and heart disease among diabetics.

Cancer

Another study suggests that post menopausal women with a sufficient level of vitamin D were less likely to see breast cancer recur in their bones, when combined with chemotherapy.
Also cancer related is the report that the active form of vitamin D may act to block cancer formation, by inhibiting the production and function of a protein required for cell division.

Respiratory tract infections

Patients who are prone to infections, may be treated with high doses of vitamin D, which can reduce their risk of developing respiratory tract infections. This can then have a positive knock on effect on their levels of antibiotics that they would usually need.

Pregnancy

Austism may have links to levels of vitamin D also, with one study showing this to be the case. Low levels of vitamin D throughout pregnancy may lead to adverse effects on the development of the fetus’ brain. Also effects on the baby’s birth weight have been noticed when the mother has either too low or sufficient vitamin D in their diet and lifestyle.

Aging

Vitamin D may also help with the loss of muscle mass usually experienced with aging. Greater muscle strength in both arms and legs are linked to the level of circulating vitamin D – even when various other factors were bought into consideration.

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