What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a pro-hormone that is taken in by the body through set or when sunlight hits the skin. It is also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’.
Role of Vitamin D:
- maintain healthy bones and teeth
- boss the immune system, nervous system and brain
- regulate insulin levels
- promote good cardiovascular health
- influence cancer development
- reduce the risk of the flu
- reduce risk of diabetes
- promote good health in infants / pregnancy
- prevent cancer
Recommended Intake of Vitamin D:
- “Infants 0-12 months – 400 IU (10 mcg).
- Children 1-18 years – 600 IU (15 mcg).
- Adults to age 70 – 600 IU (15 mcg).
- Adults over 70 – 800 IU (20 mcg).
- Pregnant or lactating women – 600 IU (15 mcg).”
Consequences of Vitamin D Deficiency:
- more sickness and infections
- weak bones
- depressed mood
- hair loss
- muscle pain
- neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease
Vitamin D Food Sources:
- cod liver oil
- milk (skimmed)
Potential Health Risks of Vitamin D:
- loss of appetite
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