Today I continue the series of articles about vitamins, with another very important vitamin, especially during the cold season, namely: Vitamin D. I will explain below, why I think it is so important for our body.
In winter, the sun’s beneficial rays show less, which also leads to insufficient intake of vitamin D, secreted in the body due to sun exposure.
The major role of vitamin D is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which builds and maintains strong bones. It may also play an important role in maintaining muscle function and strengthening the immune system.
• Strengthens the immune system
• Strengthens the bone and muscle system
• Contribute to the prevention of cancers such as colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, or ovarian cancer.
• Helps prevent depression
Foods that contain Vitamin D
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Usually, varied and balanced nutrition is the best way to take vitamins. But not in the case of vitamin D. Several foods contain Vitamin D, among them, listing the following:
• Milk and yogurt
• Whole grains
• Certain types of mushrooms
• Egg yolk
Vitamin D deficiency
Deficiency of vitamin D may occur as a result of inadequate exposure to sunlight, intestinal absorption disorders, reduced dietary intake, consumption of certain drugs that accelerate the absorption of vitamin D.
In infants, vitamin D deficiency may occur due to the reduced amount of vitamin D in breast milk.
In children, vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, which is presented by arching the legs, while in adults, it leads to Osteomalacia, that is, demineralization of the bone matrix.
Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D3 deficiency causes the most diverse symptoms, from pain to depression. Some of the symptoms after which you can recognize the vitamin D3 deficiency are:
• Abrupt changes in mood, irritability
• Fatigue, apathy, and lack of concentration
• Muscle pain and weakness in the muscles
• Discomfort in the joints
• Excessive sweating
Vitamin D3 supplements are given only after performing blood tests and only at the doctor’s recommendation. No vitamins and supplements should be taken without prior medical consultation