10 Things You Should Know About Vitamin D

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10 Things You Should Know About Vitamin D

10 Things You Should Know About Vitamin D
by Caitlin Haggerty

  1. 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.
  2. In children Vitamin D helps prevent Rickets.  Rickets is a disorder where it weakens children’s bones and makes them easier to break. 
  3. 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.  
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. By having the right amount of Vitamin D your body needs, you are helping your body prevent cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and depression.
  8. 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. 
  9. A deficiency of Vitamin D can also lead to osteoporosis, a softening and brittleness to the body’s bones.
  10. In its most severe deficiency it has been known to lead to schizophrenia. 

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