What is Vitamin D?

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
  • fatigue
  • weak bones
  • depressed mood
  • hair loss
  • muscle pain
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease

Vitamin D Food Sources:

  • cod liver oil
  • herring
  • swordfish
  • mushrooms
  • salmon
  • sardines
  • milk (skimmed)
  • tuna
  • egg
  • chicken

Potential Health Risks of Vitamin D:

  • loss of appetite
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea

Thank you for reading this weeks blog, if you enjoyed the read feel free to comment any opinions or new blog suggestions down below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318266.php

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

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