Vitamin D ( symptoms and food sources)
Vitamin D (calciferol) is a group of fat-soluble compounds needed for the maintenance of mineral balance in the body system. Vitamin D is different from other vitamins because of the ability of our body to produce its own vit D form, by converting sunshine to chemicals (calcitriol) that will be used by the body. The cholesterol in our skin converts the vitamin D to vitamin D3 equally known as Cholecalciferol. Another vitamin D group that is formed by irradiating yeast is the vegetarian vitamin D2, which can be converted and used for other body functions. In most cases the body prefers to make use of the vitamin D3 because of its effectiveness. Vitamin D is actually a form of steroid hormone in our body because of its impacts in our blood pressure, skeletal structure, brain function and immunity. This is the sole reason why it is widely recognized as a very essential dietary nutrient needed in the body.
Vitamin D modulates the immune system, controls cell division and specialization, maintains healthy blood levels of calcium, phosphorus.
Vitamin D maintains the normal development of bones and teeth in infants and young growing children. It equally maintains normal muscle function, healthy bones and healthy inflammatory response.
Vitamin D deficiencies are usually the result of dietary inadequacy when the usual intake is lower than the accepted level. Deficiency can lead to impaired absorption, increased excretion and milk allergy.
Osteomalacia and rickets are the main vitamin D deficiency diseases characterized by the failure of bone tissues leading to skeletal deformities in children. Osteomalacia as vitamin D deficiency leads to bone pain, muscle weakness and weakness of the bone in adults.
Vitamin D deficiencies can be caused by casual sunlight exposure. The skin makes vitamin D when it comes in contact with ultraviolent beta (UVB) rays from the sun. Lack or limited exposure to sun can really increase the risk of been vitamin D deficient.
Sunlight still remains the best source of vitamin D. There are also good food sources that can be fortified or added to our diets, such foods are as follows; carp fish, mackerel, mushrooms exposed to ultraviolet light, salmon, cod liver oil, eggs, sardines, raw milk, liver, beef, cheese and orange juice fortified with vitamin D.
In conclusion, vit D can work very well with sufficient vitamin A to help the metabolism of the body in the best of its ability.
Note: self diagnosis is not encouraged, always consult your doctor to know if you are deficient of vitamin D. Your health is paramount, be wise!
DISCLAIMER: The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.