Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, and is necessary for bone health. Although more research needs to be done, it is possible that vitamin D may provide protection from high blood pressure, osteoporosis, cancer and a number of autoimmune diseases. Some people may also find that vitamin D supplements can help treat skin conditions, including psoriasis, scleroderma, actinic keratosis, vitiligo and lupus vulgaris. Those with low levels of phosphate in the blood may also find vitamin D supplements beneficial. It is also possible that vitamin D supplements may help women taking calcium supplements lose and maintain their weight, although this benefit seems limited to women who did not get enough calcium before beginning supplementation, notes MedlinePlus. Supplementation may also decrease the risk of flu, prevent tooth loss, reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and reduce bone loss in women with hyperparathyroidism, although more research needs to be done to confirm these potential benefits.
Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency
Without proper supplementation, the risk of a vitamin D deficiency increases. Breastfed infants, the elderly, the obese, those with fat malabsorption, those with limited sun exposure and those with dark skin are at greater risk than the rest population. A vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets in children, which can cause soft bones and skeletal deformities. In adults, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia, which results in weak bones and muscle weakness.
Jami Jones is a Natural Health Consultant and owner of Natures Cure.