Facts and the Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D3

Becoming and staying healthy is something that every human being deserves and strives for. It can be achieved in a number of ways such as eating a healthy diet and proper exercise. Taking supplements, such as Vitamin D3, is another way to do this.

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But this begs the question: of the many vitamins that you could take, why should you choose (or pay attention) to Vitamin D3. Here are some:

  • Helps in calcium and phosphorous absorption and metabolism
  • Acts as an immune system regulator
  • Reduces the risk of multiple sclerosis
  • Supports healthy body weight maintenance
  • Reduces severity and frequency of asthma
  • Reduces risk of arthritis in women
  • Helps speed up tuberculosis recovery
  • Reduces risk of heart attack
  • Aids in successful weight loss

The Scientific Facts Behind Vitamin D3

As one of the five types of Vitamin D, D3 is produced by human skin during sun exposure. Scientifically speaking, it is composed of a group of fat-soluble secosteroids. The medical community regards it as a “non-essential vitamin” because it can be artificially produced. A British doctor discovered it in 1922 as a modified form of Vitamin A that was used to cure dogs from rickets.

Aside from Vitamin D3, here are the other forms of Vitamin D and its functions or benefits:

  • Vitamin D1- The first type discovered
  • Vitamin D2- Produced by invertebrates, fungus and plants and believes to act as a “sunscreen” to protect these organisms
  • Vitamin D4- Used to elevate calcium levels in the blood
  • Vitamin D5- Recommended for use as antitumor agents

Dr. Angela Agrios talks about how Vitamin D3 helps improve your immune system- and why 5000IU is good for you!

Vitamin D3 and Weight Loss 

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Losing weight through Vitamin D3 is actually possible!

According to Shalamar Sibley, MD, MPH, University of Minnesota assistant professor of medicine, a deficiency for this vitamin has been found to have a connection with obesity. This has led to further research about whether or not this vitamin can help in the age-old conundrum of losing weight.

Sibley told Medical News Today that their study showed that “the addition of vitamin D to a reduced-calorie diet will lead to better weight loss.” However, the scientist noted that follow-up studies in a controlled clinical trial would have to be conducted to cement this claim.

Other research that link weight loss with Vitamin D have found these:

  • Increased vitamin D levels results in decreased fat mass
  • A Vitamin D and calcium combination leads to increased abdominal fat loss
  • Helps the body burn more fats
  • Increased vitamin D intake helps increase energy levels
  • Vitamin D intake helps produce serotonin or “feel good” chemicals that helps avoid bingeing

Effectiveness of Vitamin D3

Countless research have shown that Vitamin D3 plays a significant role in reducing a person’s risk for certain illnesses and that it can also help improve one’s health. Although it is impossible to cover everything that was ever discovered, here is a list of health problems (not mentioned in the article thus far) wherein Vitamin D3 has proved useful:

  • Conditions that cause weak and painful bones
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Preventing falls in older people
  • Reduced bone loss in people taking corticosteroids
  • Cancer prevention
  • Respiratory infections
  • Reduced bone loss in women with hyperparathyroidism
  • Preventing tooth loss in older people
  • Baldness
  • Chronic fatigue

Vitamin D3 is also considered godsend for areas that rarely get even just a peek from The Sun. With prolonged and crazier winter seasons, a bottle of Vitamin D3 will ensure that you get your needed daily dose.

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Vitamin D3 Intake: Safety Concerns

Although Vitamin D3 is quite safe to take on a daily basis, there is such a thing as getting “too much” of it. Although the only so-far known illness related to condition is linked with Vitamin D, and not the D3 variety, per se, you should still be wary about it. It is called Hypervitaminosis D. This leads to dehydration, vomiting, decreased appetite, irritability, constipation, fatigue, and muscle weakness.

The recommended dose of daily Vitamin D intake will  depend on what specific illness you are trying to avoid or help cure. It will also depend on just how low your Vitamin D levels are. For normal and daily intake, the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin D is 400 IU for infants ages 0-12 months; 600 IU for people ages 70 years and below; 800 IU for 71 years old and above; 600 IU for pregnant and lactating women. Some people, especially those with a diagnosed problem or have been noticing chronic fatigue, will need as much as 5,000 IU a day. 

Although simply going outside for some sunshine will help you produce Vitamin D3, taking daily supplements won’t hurt at all. Just make sure that before you do that, you have the correct dosage and brand.

Watch this video to find out what Vitamin D deficiency will do to your body.

 

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