Friday, August 10, 2012

Why Vitamin D?

The need for Vitamin D is particularly important for young children and the elderly. As we age, the ability of the skin to manufacture Vitamin D and the kidneys to synthesize it decrease. In addition, many people spend less time outside as they age. This makes it especially important for older people to increase their Vitamin D intake through supplementation.

Some facts about Vitamin D:
  • Vitamin D offers protective effects against several types of cancer.
  • Vitamin D promotes bone mineralization and formation.
  • Vitamin D reduces the risk of cardiovascular dysfunction and heart attacks.
  • Vitamin D supports healthy immune system activity and reduces infections.

Benefits of Vitamin D
  • Osteoporosis: Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and it is becoming obvious that a deficiency of Vitamin D is a major contributing factor to the development of a brittle, fracture-proe skeletal system.
  • Cancer: Many studies have documented Vitamin D’s protective effects against colon cancer, oral and esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
  • Heart Health: Vitamin D deficiency is known to be associated with an increase in high blood pressure and other cardiovascular risks. In one study it was found that individuals with low levels of Vitamin D had a more than 60% higher risk of heart disease or heart attack that those with normal levels. In another study, teens with lowest levels of Vitamin D had a 400% increase in their risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a major factor in developing cardiovascular disease.
In addition, Vitamin D may help prevent obesity, arthritis, and infections, and may help to maintain cognitive health in elderly individuals.


Michelle said...

Do you have a good article that will show us the importance of vitamin d to cancer? Just want more proof before. I rad lots of article said the same thing but I want to have more evidence. Looks like having low vitamin d is really not good for us.

Suburbanzero said...

Hi, maybe you can look up under WHO website for read up. Information provided is useful. They have a working group who work on cancer and vitamin D. Take a look here
thanks and have a nice day. :)

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