Vitamin D: Why it is important

Feeling achy, not “high off life”, mood has been lower than normal?  There may be a reason why.  Our body has the innate ability to let us know when something has gone awry. Behold the beauty of the human body!!!  Vitamin D is an important fat soluble vitamin.  Why do I see so many people deficient or lacking this nutrient, I pondered?

So, what are the causes of low Vitamin D?1

  • Decreased intake or absorption (Dietary, bariatric surgery, pancreas insufficiency)
  • Reduced sun exposure (pigmented skin or more melanin, inadequate sunlight exposure)
  • Medications
  • Organ damage (Renal failure, liver scarring)

These are some of the many causes as to why we lack this essential nutrient often.

So, why is Vitamin D so important?

Vitamin D plays an essential role to keep calcium and bone at a happy balance which in turn helps to reduce the risks of developing bone loss.

In 3 prospective studies of greater than 8000 individuals not depressed @baseline and followed up to 6 years, found an increased risk of depression with low Vitamin D.1

In addition, research has also suggested a possible relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and the vulnerability of depression.  The belief is that this may be attributed to the role Vitamin D plays in brain spasticity (drawing or pulling affect) and nerve signaling throughout the brain.1

Sources of Vitamin D

  • Fatty Fish-Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon
  • Beef Liver
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks
  • Fortified foods with Vitamin D – like some dairy products, orange juice, cereals

Although there is a recommended dose of this essential nutrient, the amount you may require can be dependent on outside factors.  It is always important that you speak with your medical provider before supplementation.

  1. Source: Up-to-Date – Vitamin D food source; Vitamin D and depression; Complementary and alternative treatments to anxiety symptoms and disorders; Nutritional disorders

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