Vitamin D is essential for the proper functioning of the body parts. Vitamin D is essential for Calcium absorption and its proper functioning in your body. Vitamin D3 acts as hormone as well as Vitamin. When this Vitamin D3 hormone binds with calcium it acts as vitamin.
It is difficult for human body to absorb calcium properly if sufficient amount of Vitamin D3 is not present. Vitamin D3 also known as Cholecalciferol is mainly used as a nutritional supplement to prevent or treat Vitamin D deficiency.
Many people due to the fear of skin cancer avoid sun exposures. That’s the main reason for deficiency of Vitamin D3 has resulted into an epidemic. Daily if you stand in sunlight nude for at least 20-15 minutes your body can produce approximately 10,000-15,000 iu of Vitamin D3/day.
Functions of Vitamin D3:
It is believed that Vitamin D3 plays an essential role of controlling your immune system hence it decreases the chances of autoimmune diseases and cancer. It helps in the proper functioning of the neuro-muscular system. It enhances your mood and prevents your brain from toxic chemicals and also helps in reducing your pain. According to earlier guidelines below 50nmol/l was considered to be Vitamin D3 deficiency. But the recent research suggests that for healthy bones 80nmol/l of Vitamin D3 is required.
Food source of Vitamin D3:
- Cod liver oil
- Fortified milk
- Egg yolks
- Beef liver
Vitamin D3 Deficiency:
If you are Vitamin D3 deficient then the chances of developing the following diseases would be more.
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Kidney Stones
- Neuro-degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Cancer especially prostate, breast and colon cancer