5 Benefits of Vitamin D

5 Benefits of Vitamin D

by Sally Walters


Who loves the sun?

I do! Actually, I don’t just love the sun... I’m crazy about this shiny star. Its warm light charges my body with energy and puts me in a fantastic mood. So I’ll say it out loud: I love summer! <3

A few years ago, I started experiencing something quite unusual for a relatively young person… bone pain and prolonged fatigue! I got a little scared, to be honest, so I decided to ask my doctor what the possible causes might be. He told me that these symptoms are associated with low levels of vitamin D in my body. And guess what: he was right.

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Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin” because your body produces it naturally in response to sunlight. However, the sun doesn’t shine in the sky every day. So, what are your options? Fortunately, you can get the necessary vitamin D intake from eggs, fish, mushrooms, cheese, and milk. You can also opt for a natural supplement. The Multivitamin Morning Formula from Elderberry Hill Organics is here to help. It contains all the vitamins you need, from A to D, so you can be ready to tackle each day successfully. It’s easy to take and is absorbed better and quicker than other brands. 

Now I realize how essential vitamin D is for our overall health. It’s not just about keeping our bones strong... it’s much more than that. And I’d like to share with you some of its most important benefits.

Supports and protects the immune system

A significant role of vitamin D is to maintain a strong and healthy immune system by assisting B and T cell activity. Studies have shown that there is a high correlation between vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D reduces the level of cytokines, which are  hormones that regulate immune system reactions through the communication between leukocytes. Since cytokines are involved in the body’s immune and inflammation responses, vitamin D reduces the risk of colds and flu and protects against respiratory diseases.

Can help battle depression

Statistically speaking, most people who suffer from depression also have a deficiency of vitamin D in their body. Researchers believe that, because it’s so essential for brain function, vitamin D can cause depression and other similar disorders when its levels are low.

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Boosts weight loss

Vitamin D is responsible for the absorption of calcium so if we’re lacking vitamin D, we can’t assimilate calcium. Vitamin D and calcium appear to work together, regulating fat metabolism in body fat cells and intensifying burns. Recent studies have concluded that vitamin D helps in the weight loss process by inhibiting increased appetite. Researchers say that this may be one of the reasons why we lose weight quicker in the warm season.

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Strengthens your bones

Vitamin D is well-known for its bone-building power. It’s an absolutely necessary vitamin for fixing calcium in the bones and maintaining a normal phosphorus level in the blood. In its absence, calcium is eliminated by the kidneys. This fantastic property of vitamin D makes it essential for the growth and development of the skeletal system in children and why its deficiency is associated with rickets, the skeletal disorder. By default, vitamin D supports the muscles and maintains healthy teeth, nails, and hair.

Keeps your heart healthy

Vitamin D supports the cardiovascular system's health, being essential in preventing heart attacks and other heart diseases. It does this by stimulating the production of renin, an enzyme that regulates the amount of blood that passes through the blood vessels. In case of a deficiency, hypertension sets in, which is a major cause of cardiovascular disease.

In order to obtain the recommended daily dose of vitamin D, the minimum time of exposure to the sun is about 130 minutes in January (with 10% of the body exposed to the sun), about 10 minutes between April and June (with 25% of the body covered) and almost 30 minutes in October. Make sure you always wear sunscreen. ;)

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