Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is found in every cell in the body, meaning every cell is affected by vitamin D in some way. Good levels of Vitamin D can help a person with fat loss, strength, management of blood glucose, thyroid function and detoxification, so pretty good in my eyes.
On the flip side, having poor levels of Vitamin D will not only reduce the results you will see in the gym, but it can increase your risk of contracting a number of major health conditions. .
The Benefits of Vitamin D
1-Normal to high levels of vitamin D in the body reduces the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. (1)
2- Reduces the risk of cancers, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes (vitamin D above 80 nmol/L reduces the risk of all of the above. (2)
3- Reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium in the body (calcium helps maintain strong healthy bones). Osteoporosis is an increasing condition in the UK/US, with one of the big reasons being people are lacking in vitamin D. (3)
4- Improves the health of an unborn baby. Having a low level of Vitamin D when pregnant can increase your unborn Child’s chance of becoming insulin resistance and increase the risk of developing mental health problems throughout its life. Low levels of vitamin D can also decrease bone health before and after birth. (4)
5- Reduces depression/ risk of depression. Many studies have been published on the effects of Vitamin D in helping depression. “Vitamin D protects the brain by buffering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory defences” (5)
Where do we get Vitamin D from?
- The Sun – the body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin
- Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks
- Supplements – You can buy Vitamin D supplements from any health food store and should be used only in support of your daily nutrition intake. Please consult a medical professional if you are unsure.