Certainly, we’ve all heard about vitamin D and how it is an essential vitamin, but why specially vitamin D? Why is it getting all the propaganda? 1
Apart from having potent effect on numerous body systems, Vitamin D differs from other types of vitamins in that it acts like a hormone, showing effect in every single cell in your body.
So, if you get low intake of vitamin D, you will start having signs of extreme tiredness, pain in the muscles and bones and you might also be at increased risk of getting ill. Breast milk is not rich in vitamin D that’s why breastfed infants are at high risk of having vitamin D deficiency. Patients with chronic kidney disease and older adults are also at risk.1, 2
Typically, we get vitamin D from the food we eat or through supplements we take. Our body is capable of forming it after our skin is exposed to the sun. 1,2
Thus, boosting your vitamin D intake through eating food rich in this vitamin or taking supplements and being more exposed to the sun will help managing vitamin D deficiency. 1,2
1-Spritzler, F. 8 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency. Available at https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms Last accessed 4/7/2019.
2-Vitamin D Deficiency Also called: Hypovitaminosis D, Low Vitamin D. Available at https://medlineplus.gov/vitaminddeficiency.html Last accessed 4/7/2019.