Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3. It can affect as many as 2,000 genes in your body. The body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. Besides getting vitamin D through sunlight, you can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.
Importance of Vitamin D:
Vitamin D is essential for maintaining your health. Almost all of us at one point or another have experienced low vitamin D levels. Symptoms often manifest as poor energy, insomnia, compromised immune system and mood imbalance.
Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:
Muscle Weakness is a symptom that is predominantly experienced in muscles around the hip. This symptom usually leads to the classic ‘waddling gait’ in adults.
Bone aches and pain. Vitamin D works closely with the parathyroid hormone (PTH), required for maintaining sufficient levels of calcium in the blood. If you’re suffering from vitamin D deficiency, the parathyroid gland produces PTH in excess, causing the dissolution of calcium from the bones. As a result, you may suffer from pain that feels like it is originating from your bones.
Chronic fatigue: Bone pain and muscle aches lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.
Mood swings: Adequate levels of vitamin D are required for regulating the levels of a neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone that is responsible for inducing good happy feelings.
Sleep disturbances: Serotonin regulates sleep cycle. Low vitamin D levels not only affect sleep cycle regulation but also control the pattern of sleep.
Digestive problems: Useful bacteria residing in our gut play an important role in keeping our digestive system healthy. Unfortunately, lack of vitamin D is detrimental to these bacteria. So lack of vitamin D indirectly leads to poor digestion.
Other benefits of Vitamin D It Can Cut the Risk of Breast Cancer, reduce the risk of Multiple sclerosis and reduces the risk of dementia and even said to control blood pressure.