Vitamin D is a vitamin responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate, and many other biological effects. It helps skin cell growth, repair and metabolism, optimising the skin’s immune system.
Research suggests that vitamin D plays an important role by contributing in the maintenance of normal bones and muscle function, essential for women over 60+ who are at high risk of fractures due to osteoporosis.
One of the best sources of Vitamin D is sunlight. Food sources include oily fish, such as tuna, salmon and mackerel; beef liver; cheese; and egg yolks.
According to Healthline, the benefits of Vitamin D are:
“Reduced Risk of Multiple Sclerosis
Research suggests that vitamin D reduces the risk of multiple sclerosis.
Decreased Chance of Developing Heart Disease
According to 2008 findings, vitamin D reduces the chance of developing heart disease.
Reduced Likelihood of Developing the Flu
Research suggests that vitamin D reduces the likelihood of developing the flu.
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
Easier Weight Loss
In one study, people taking a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement were able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. The scientists said the extra calcium and vitamin D had an appetite-suppressing effect.”
Healthline. The Benefits of Vitamin D. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-vitamin-d.
JAMA Network. Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels and Risk of Multiple Sclerosis. Available at: https://jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=204651.
PubMed.gov. Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20219962/.
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