Friday, March 16, 2012

wonders of vitamin D

Taking a little break from writing on politics and worldview.

In the day and age that we live in, we are bounded too much indoors. Unlike our ancestors who lived and worked outside(Most on farms and plantations), we live and do our work without much consideration to the outside world. This trend comes with a cost. Without regular exposure to sunlight, your body is lacking an important element; vitamin D. If more people are informed and obtaining this vitamin, there would be less cases of various types of cancer and the general population would be healthier than it is now.

First, what exactly is vitamin D? It is a fat-soluble prohormone that absorbs calcium and phosphorus. Meaning, it is used to build strong and healthy bones. There are five forms of this vitamin; D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5. The important vibrations of these are D2 and D3. Vitamin D2 is found in foods such as fish, fortified milk, and eggs. Vitamin D3, the most important form, is obtained from exposure to sunlight. This is in a nutshell the essence of this vitamin.

Secondly, What the deal with vitamin D nowadays? Research has shown that vitamin D does more than build and strengthen your bones. Recent research has shown that it is effective in the fight against cancer, hypertension, and osteoporosis.1 Not only that, it is also a regulatory vitamin. According to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin D contributes to the secretion and regulation of insulin in the pancreas, brain activity, and muscle strength. The study also noted 36 organ tissue also benefits from this vitamin including the stomach, kidneys, bone marrow, lungs, intestines, and skin.2 If anyone is diabetic, the more vitamin D one has, the more he is able to control your condition. Many people diagnosed with diabetes have low levels of vitamin D. According to Australian research, this vitamin can help play a role by increasing insulin levels.3 A study from the Creighton University School of medicine has shown that vitamin D can reduce one’s risk of cancer by 77%. This includes colon cancer and breast cancer.4 This vitamin comes with many wonders and has amazing benefits.

Third, there are practical ways to obtain this vitamin. The best way to obtain it is to go outside and lay in the sun. There are a few misconceptions about this though. First, vitamin D does not go through glass or a window. It gets filtered by the window when light goes through. If you were planning on lying next to your living room window where the sun is shining through, probably not a good idea in regards to obtaining this vitamin. Second, some say that the sun causes skin cancer. It is only spending too much time in the sun when one gets sunburned and has an excess of vitamin D. one only needs to spend 10-20 minutes under the sunlight to get plenty of this vitamin. Other sources of vitamin D include fish oils (example, cod liver oil) and fortified milk. Still, sunlight is the best way to get it. If one lives in climate where it is cloudy most of the time( such as Seattle, WA or Boston, MA), one may need to either find a tanning place or take a good vitamin D3 supplement. Mercola has a vitamin D3 spray that costs only $15.00( I find that the spray is the best when it comes to getting vitamin D when the weather won’t allow one to. Go out and enjoy the sunshine.

In closing, this shows that vitamin D can prevent and treat many diseases and conditions. If more people are aware of the benefits of this vitamin, there would be fewer cases of illness and people may be living longer. Let us get the soccer ball, go outside and enjoy the sunshine.

1. Mayo Clinic.




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