Why are so many people vitamin D deficient?
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced by the body as a response to sun exposure; it can also be consumed in food or supplements. However, many people still today are Vitamin D deficient due to many factors, such as clothing, weather, pollution, sunscreen use, weight, and genetics may also affect the body's ability to produce vitamin D. Many researchers and nutritionists have said that Vitamin D is the most important vitamin to have in your body and it acts like a pro-hormone making it almost as important as other hormones in your body. According to Healthline, the benefits of having the right amount of Vitamin D in your body have shown to help with depression, promote weight loss, and fight diseases. So why, if there are so many excellent benefits do so many of us have a deficiency?
Answer: The Invention of Sunblock.
Before sunblock, people would get plenty of vitamin D from sunlight. The conversion of D3 in the skin helped the body absorb the daily recommended amount to keep the body healthy. Without this vitamin D, the US population increased cases of specific diseases linked to Vitamin D deficiency.
Frunutta founder, Dr. Alavi, explains what you need to know.
Health Benefits of Vitamin D
- Healthy bones, Vitamin D is vital for bone health
- Reduced risk of flu
- Reduced risk of diabetes
- Healthy infants
- Healthy pregnancy
- Cancer prevention
- Prevents Osteoporosis and Fractures
- Improve Physical Performance
- Beneficial for Brain Development and Function
- Improves Cognitive Functions
- Reduces Depression
- Reduces Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
- Plays a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease
- Beneficial in Multiple Sclerosis
- Improves Sleep Quality
- Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- Prevents Obesity
- Has Anti-Inflammatory Role
Diseases Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
- Inflammatory bowel diseases (IDB): a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed. It is a result of the immune system attacking a harmless virus, bacteria, or food in the gut, causing inflammation that leads to bowel injury.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both.
- Fibromyalgia: a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas
- Interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome (BPS): a chronic bladder health issue. It is a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area.
- MS “multiple sclerosis” - a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.
- Osteoporosis: a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.
Since it is very likely that you are going to be playing catch up from the time you didn’t have enough Vitamin D in your body. We recommend talking to your doctor about your blood levels are finding the right Vitamin D IU for you.