Vitamin D is one of many important micronutrients we must include in our diets for optimal health and essential body processes that take place every day.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin D differs from other vitamins as our bodies can make most of what we need with exposure to sunlight. In order for it to be absorbed in the body fully, we must eat a varied diet of both unsaturated and saturated fats. Often people supplement with a vitamin D tablet and take it alongside a meal including fats such as avocados, fatty fish, nuts etc. to ensure it is fully absorbed.
Vitamin D is more than just a vitamin as it also acts as a pro-hormone and effects hormone balance and immune regulation in the body. Vitamin D also plays a role in the absorption of Calcium into the bones.
With regards to health and fitness, Vitamin D plays a major role in this area;
Bone & Muscle Health: Consuming foods high in vitamin D play a key role in calcium absorption and helps keep bones strong.
It may also help maintain healthy muscles throughout life.
Older adults with adequate vitamin D levels are more likely to be active, have improved muscle strength, and are less prone to falls.
Weight Management: Vitamin D deficiency has been connected to obesity and difficulty losing weight. One study found that women who had higher levels of vitamin D on a calorie-controlled diet lost more weight than those with lower levels of the vitamin. At this time, it is unclear if vitamin D deficiency causes obesity or if obesity leads to vitamin D deficiency. Overall, if you are having difficulty losing weight, you may want to consider getting your vitamin D level checked.
Vitamin D Plays A Role In
Vitamin D regulates neuromuscular functioning (pertaining to the nervous and muscular systems)
and impacts protein synthesis (regeneration of new proteins in the body).
Sources of Vitamin D:
(promotes the synthesis of Vitamin D from cholesterol in the skin),
Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon, Sardines, Cod Liver Oil,
Eggs, Mushrooms, Fortified Milk/Cereals
Vitamin D deficiency: Some of the biggest symptoms of being deficient in Vitamin D include:
People most prone to a vitamin D deficiency include those who live in northern regions with little sunlight exposure, people with darker skin, people on low fat diets and those taking steroids and weight loss medications.
Vitamin D supplements are widely available from supermarkets and chemists.
Vitamin drops are available for babies.