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
- 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.