The Importance of Vitamin D

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The functions of vitamin D are important for many processes in order for our system to work properly. Vitamin D helps with cell growth, immune system function and in the operations of the nervous system. Vitamin D also helps to regulate calcium levels in the blood and therefore has an important role in both bone development and density. Our bodies  produce its own vitamin D when the skin is directly exposed to the sun. That is why it is often called the “sunshine” vitamin.

During the darker months of the year it can be difficult to get the proper amount of vitamin D. Thereby, it is extra important to supply it through diet or by taking a supplement to maintain good general health.
There are not so many foods naturally contain vitamin D. As a result, many foods are fortified with vitamin D. Fortified means that vitamins have been added to the food. That’s why a supplement can be a good idea.sol1 (1)Side effects:
Too much vitamin D can make the intestines absorb too much calcium. This may cause high levels of calcium in the blood. High blood calcium can lead to:
Calcium deposits in soft tissues such as the heart and lungs Confusion and disorientation and possible kidney stones.

How to use the supplement:
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA):
Older children and adults
9 – 70 years: 600 IU (15 mcg/day)


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