By My Family Plate at January 1, 2011 | 5:27 pm |
10 Things You Should Know About Vitamin D
by Caitlin Haggerty
- Vitamin D is essential for a healthy life. It helps in building and maintaining strong bones in the body. Vitamin D helps transfer the calcium from food to bone and blood.
- In children Vitamin D helps prevent Rickets. Rickets is a disorder where it weakens children’s bones and makes them easier to break.
- Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which can be found in two forms, Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 comes from plants and Vitamin D3 comes from morning sun and certain foods.
- Vitamin D is important for a healthy and strong immune system. By consuming the right foods and being exposed to UV light from the sun, you can get the source of Vitamin D your body needs.
- Your body needs at least 200 units of Vitamin D daily. Foods such as milk, egg yolk, fatty fish and breakfast cereals are just a few ways you can start your day headed toward your goal of the 200 units.
- The young, old and darker skinned people require more Vitamin D. Health professionals encourage these individuals to take in extra Vitamin D by using supplements.
- By having the right amount of Vitamin D your body needs, you are helping your body prevent cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and depression.
- If you do not receive the right amount of Vitamin D your body needs, vital organs will be affected, causing a variety of health problems.
- A deficiency of Vitamin D can also lead to osteoporosis, a softening and brittleness to the body’s bones.
- In its most severe deficiency it has been known to lead to schizophrenia.
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