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Vitamin D importance and its various health benefits

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-08-19

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Vitamins are very important for the human body. Vitamin D is one of those that is very essential for preventing various diseases. Vitamin D is also commonly called as ‘The sunshine Vitamin'. There are various components of Vitamin D. They are Vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol and Vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. This was similar to the natural Vitamin D found in the cod liver oil.

Vitamin D and its function in the body:

1. It helps in the assimilation of Calcium, Phosphorus and other minerals in the digestive tract.

2. Vitamin D also helps in the healthy functioning of the parathyroid glands. This in turn helps to regulate the calcium levels in the blood.

3. Vitamin D is also very important during infancy and adolescence for the proper formation of teeth and bones. A decrease in the levels of these vitamins can cause various deformities in the bones of the individual.

4. Vitamin D helps to prevent dental caries and tooth decay from occurring.

5. The vitamin also protects the children from getting rickets. It can also be used to treat those affected by rickets.

6. Vitamin D if taken in appropriate amount during pregnancy can help to ensure the satisfactory development of the child.

7. Bone repair: Vitamin D serves to help in the bone repair. This is because Vitamin D plays a major role in absorption of Calcium. The Vitamin D also helps to regulate the deposition of various minerals in the bones and teeth.

Sources of Vitamin D:

Vitamin D can be found in various natural foods. These natural foods are Eggs, butter, ghee and fish oils. The cod liver oil has the maximum amount of Vitamin D. The vitamin D is also found in various other fish oils. It is produced from a substance present beneath the skin when sunlight falls on the surface of the body.

Deficiency of Vitamin D:

Deficiency of Vitamin D can also cause various diseases. Among all the diseases, the most disabling condition is Rickets. This is a disease affecting the whole body. In this condition, there is a failure of the bones to calcify properly.

The growth and proper maintaining of the bones of the body depends on the presence of Vitamin D. The decreased presence of Vitamin D can cause:

1. Tooth decay

2. Brittle or soft bones

3. Pyorrhoea

4. Retarded growth of a child who has Vitamin D deficiency.

5. Poor bone formation can also be present.

6. It can also cause muscular weakness.

7. The individual has a lack of vigour.

8. Lack of Vitamin D in children can also give rise to improper activity of the parathyroid gland. This can result in convulsions.

Daily intake of Vitamin D: 0.01
milligram in men and the same amount of Vitamin D in women and children is the recommended amount that is required daily for the normal functioning of the body.

Precaution: Excessive intake of Vitamin D can lead to various complications such as thirst, sore eyes, itching on skin, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e-mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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