3 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is called the “Sunshine Vitamin” because it is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it is directly exposed to 5-10 minutes of sun exposure on most days of the week. You can also get vitamin D through certain foods and supplements. This vitamin plays a vital role in regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Getting enough vitamin D is important for the normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. If your body does not get enough vitamin D, you are at risk of developing osteoporosis, or fragile bones.
Vitamin D Fights Disease
Vitamin D helps in the fight of reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis, and according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Decreasing your chance of developing heart disease.” More recently, according to healthharvard.edu, “There is some evidence to suggest that vitamin D might help protect against becoming infected with, and developing serious symptoms of, COVID-19.”
Vitamin D Reduces Depression
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In a study by the Journal of Internal Medicine, “Scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms. In another study of people with fibromyalgia, researchers found vitamin D deficiency was more common in those who were also experiencing anxiety and depression.”
Vitamin D Aids Weight Loss
Consider adding vitamin D supplements to your diet if you are trying to lose weight. According to healthline.com, “People taking daily calcium and vitamin D supplement were able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. The scientists said the extra calcium and vitamin D had an appetite-suppressing effect.”
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