Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

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Vitamin D, or the sunshine vitamin, is actually a hormone produced by the skin. It plays a part in bone health and can be a determinant factor in developing many diseases because of its role in inflammation. Vitamin D’s involvement in calcium and phosphorus uptake and absorption also make vitamin D a major component of nervous system functioning.

What are the risk factors for vitamin D deficiency?

  • Being African American or having darker skin tones
  • Having a bowel disease like IBS or Crohn’s
  • An Indoor lifestyle
  • Being overweight
  • Exposure to air pollution which blocks UVB rays
  • Wearing sunscreen
  • Being over 50 years old
  • Having kidney or liver disease

Some symptoms of deficiency are bone aches and depression, especially during the winter. A diagnostic vitamin D test (Vit D 25 OH) can be ordered by your doctor.

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