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    In the news, one vitamin outshines all others. No wonder vitamin D is called the "sunshine" vitamin. It is the most talked about supplement with plenty of research proving its wide range of beneficial effects on the human body. Vitamin D3 is naturally produced in the body via sun exposure through the skin and then the liver and kidneys convert the sunshine into vitamin D3. Thus the farther away people are from the sunny equator, the less vitamin D our body can produce naturally. In the months where there is less sun, our skin manufactures less than optimal amounts of vitamin D. North Amercians get less sun during the fall, winter and early spring.

     Vitamin D is important for human health because almost every tissue type in our body holds a receptor for vitamin D. This means that these tissues need vitamin D to function properly. Since there are so many vitamin D receptor sites on various organs, it is actually considered to be a hormone not a vitamin. Organs such as the brain, heart muscle and fat tissue have the most vitamin D receptors of all. Keeping our vitamin D stores at an adequate level is imperative to good health. Some people are more susceptible to a vitamin D deficiency for example:

  • the elderly
  • those who live in Northern latitudes
  • vegetarians
  • those with fat absorption problems like liver and gallbladder disease and cystic fibrosis
  • people adhering to a low fat diet
  • pregnant and lactating women
  • people with inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • those with cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and autism
  • those with certain infections such as staph areus or clostridium difficile
  • people of a black race

     Vegetarians may avoid food sources of vitamin D such as fortified milk (1 glass contains 100IU), fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines (up to 360 IU in a 3.5 ounce serving), cod liver oil and eggs. Low fat diets impede absorption of food sources of vitamin D3 because this vitamin is fat soluble which means one needs to take it with a fat for proper absorption. People who protect their skin from the sun with sunscreen or do not get adequate sun exposure are at risk of a vitamin D deficiency. Some sources say as little as ten minutes in the sun is enough to prevent a vitamin D deficiency.

     One has hardly enough space to write about the benefits of vitamin D supplementation. To conserve space, herein some ailments will be linked to read research on vitamin D and a particular condition. Of course not all of the vast research can be shared. Research that is given an "A" grade by Natural Standard, means is it is well researched and proven. A grades for vitamin D find that it prevents or aids with the following disorders or diseases: familial hypophosphatemia, hyperparathyroidism and hypocalcemia due to hyperparathyroidism, osteomalacia, psoriasis and rickets.

     Some research that gives vitamin D3 a "B" or "C" rating for research on its effectiveness is dental carries, fall prevention, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cognition, fertility, fibromyalgia, fractures, hypertension, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, mood disorders, mortality reduction, multiple sclerosis, myelodyplastic syndrome, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, prevention of respiratory tract infections, rheumatoid arthritis, seasonal effective disorder, sexual dysfunction, skin pigmentation disorders, tooth retention, tuberculosis, type 1 and 2 diabetes and vitiligo. Other researchers have found that it is beneficial in autism, cardiovascular health and cancer prevention.

     As you can see there is quite an impressive list of research on a variety of ailments helped with vitamin D3. Typical dose for adults in the winter time is 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day taken with a fat meal. Children's dose is typically 400 to 800IU per day. Those with particular health concerns are recommended to seek the help of a professional for the appropriate dose for their unique condition.