10 Benefits of Vitamin D You Need to Know

10 Benefits of Vitamin D You Need to Know

Little known benefits to maintaining proper vitamin D levels

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for your body. While vitamin D can be found in small amounts in some foods, including fatty fish, and is frequently added to dairy, most vitamin D is made by our body through exposure to sunlight. A concentration of <30nanograms per milliliter is generally considered inadequate and requiring treatment.

There are many benefits to maintaining a proper level of vitamin D. Here are 10 of them.

  1. Keeps bone and teeth strong. Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis and decreases fractures.
  2. Boosts immune system. Vitamin D has been found to inhibit the development of destructive autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease.
  3. Inhibits certain cancers like breast, colon and prostate cancer. Vitamin D encourages cell differentiation, and also slows down the rate at which cells multiply.
  4. Reduces inflammation and pain. Vitamin D is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Chronic inflammation is a cause of many disease processes, including heart disease and cancer.
  5. Protects against diabetes. Your pancreas needs sufficient vitamin D in order to make and secrete insulin.
  6. Helps reduce blood pressure and the risk of hypertension.
  7. Builds stronger muscles. Older people with high vitamin D levels lose muscle mass more slowly than those with low levels of the vitamin.
  8. Decreases certain respiratory and food allergies. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with celiac disease, asthma, and psoriasis.
  9. Improves energy and mood. Most cells in our bodies have receptors for vitamin D. If a cell is able to access vitamin D readily, then it can perform optimally.
  10. Decreases the risk of cognitive decline. Vitamin D has been shown to lower the risk of dementia, autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

Maintaining a proper vitamin D level is essential to optimizing your health. As I advise my patients, make sure you have your vitamin D level checked regularly, do some fun outdoor activities with your family, and take vitamin D supplement as needed. After all, treat your body well, and your body will thank you!

Dr. Elaine King