Vitamin D is known as ‘sunshine vitamin’ because it is produced in your skin whenever sunlight is absorbed. That’s why many doctors suggest people with low vitamin D levels to take more sunbath for the production of vitamin D naturally, others may suggest consuming certain foods or supplements to fulfill the gap.
Vitamin D is vital for a stronger immune system. It aids in the absorption of phosphorous and calcium from the bloodstream. Sufficient amount of Vitamin D helps in the development of bones and teeth, as well as act as a barrier against certain diseases.
Here are some surprising benefits of Vitamin D:
Strengthens Bones and Muscles
Vitamin D’s primary role in our body is to give strength to our skeletal structure; bones and muscles. Calcium combined with vitamin D helps in stronger bones and prevents osteoporosis, a disease that lacks both calcium and vitamin D in bones that may make them brittle. Lack of vitamin D may lead to weak muscles which in turn, would make people more prone to falling and permanent disability or deaths in older adults.
Increases Immunity and Fights Inflammation
Vitamin D helps in building the immune system and can efficiently fight against harmful bacteria and viruses. It reduces the risk of acute respiration infection. People living in cold regions or at high altitudes have more chances of vitamin D deficiency as less sunshine is received by the human body. This is one of the reasons that people who have contacted the novel coronavirus have a higher mortality rate. According to a study in 2008, vitamin D decreases the chances of cardiovascular disease.
Helps in Losing Weight
The better your vitamin D levels, the faster you shed weight. A study back in 2009 by the British Journal of Nutrition, concluded that people who consumed food rich in calcium combined with vitamin D supplements lose significant weight rather than people taking placebo supplements. This is due to the chemical reaction that suppresses the appetite of the subjects.
Out of every ten people, four people feel that they are depressed. Depression is an illness that needs to be cured by medication or adapting to a positive thought process. In a recent study in 2017, researchers concluded that depression and vitamin D deficiency are correlated. People battling with depression were found to be with low levels of vitamin D. People with depression, who received vitamin D supplements showed positive improvements with low anxiety and a better mood.
Vitamin D is believed to help prevent type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This particular vitamin improves the sensitivity to the hormone insulin which is directly responsible for regulating glucose levels in the body. Some scientists also believe that vitamin D aids in regulating the production of insulin in the pancreas. There is still some gap to be filled by intensive research and case subject study.