The Amazing Vitamin D
The main function of vitamin D is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood to support bone mineralization, cell functions, and proper nerve and muscle function. Vitamin D acts as a hormone, enhancing the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the small intestine.
Vitamin D is needed for normal growth.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to the development of osteoporosis because it reduces calcium absorption. Higher vitamin D levels have been associated with stronger bones (greater bone mineral density).
In most studies, the effects of vitamin D and calcium can't be separated.
Preliminary evidence suggests vitamin D may aid in cancer prevention by blocking cell growth and differentiation.
Since the late 1980s, the risk of developing and dying from breast, prostate, ovarian, and other cancers has been found to be increased in geographic areas located at higher latitudes, where there's less sun exposure, and with vitamin D deficiency.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vitamin D may reduce the incidence of cancer.
Vitamin D has been shown to influence the immune system, there is some evidence it may help with autoimmune conditions.
Other Possible Conditions To Consider Vitamin D
• Osteoporosis prevention and treatment
• Cancer prevention
• Diabetes prevention
• Polycystic ovary disease
• Depression and other mood disorders
• Gum disease prevention
• Seasonal affective disorder
• Immune function
Make sure to visit your Brimhall Practitioner to test for adequate levels of Vitamin D.