Vitamin D

Vitamin D was discovered by Sir Edward Mellanby. It is fat soluble vitamin. Chemical names are Cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol. The body makes vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight. You may be at risk of deficiency if you are not expose yourself in sunlight.

Rich source of Vitamin D

  • Milk
  • fortified soy and rice beverages
  • Fortified margarine
  • sweet potatoes
  • organ meats
  • Cod liver oils
  • mushrooms
  • Butter
  • Kidneys
  • Sunlight
  • Mackerel
  • salmon (especially sockeye salmon)
  • sardine
  • shrimp
  • alfalfa
  • Beef liver
  • egg yolk
  • oatmeal
  • fatty salt-water fish (cod, halibut, tuna and Salmon)
  • Oysters

Vitamin D uses (functions)

  • Increases Immunity
  • strengthen Bones and muscles
  • maintains Lungs, Heart, Kidneys
  • Weight Loss
  • Cognitive Function
  • maintains the level of calcium in the blood
  • builds bone density to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures
  • prevents and treats rickets and osteomalacia
  • needed for normal brain cell growth
  • slows the age-related decline in mental agility
  • stimulates the production of insulin
  • protects against high blood pressure

Vitamin D deficiency problems

  • Getting Sick or Infected Often
  • Fatigue and Tiredness
  • Depression
  • Hair Loss
  • rickets which causes soft bones
  • skeletal deformities or retarded growth in children
  • muscle or bone pain (including low back pain)
  • osteoporosis
  • higher risk of periodontal disease in adults over 50 years old rheumatoid arthritis
  • increased risk of diabetes due to insufficient insulin produced
  • increased risk of high blood pressure
  • hypocalcemia (low blood calcium level) characterized by muscle cramps
  • twitching nerves or muscles
  • numbness and tingling of fingers and toes
  • irregular heart contractions and irritability