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?

  1. The Sun – the body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin
  2. Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  3. Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  4. Beef liver
  5. Egg yolks
  6. 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.

Ref:

(1) http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=204651#qundefined
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15585788
(3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15585788
(4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19692182
(5) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19187703