Now that the holiday high is over, most of us are starting to feel the winter blues. Big time. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Check out today’s post by guest blogger, Stu Lieberman, for an easy way to enhance our mood and additional reasons to follow his advice.
Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in the body after direct exposure from sunlight. The direct exposure is critical. You will not produce vitamin D indoors through a window, and if you’re outside, you need to be sunscreen-free in order for your body to manufacture vitamin D.
Research has shown that vitamin D is linked to nearly every health system in the body. Keeping levels adequate is the key to good health.
Vitamin D and your brain: A study from Washington University in St. Louis found that people with low vitamin D had worse memory, poor problem solving, and low mood vs. people with normal levels of the vitamin.
Vitamin D and your bones: Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting your bones. Your body requires vitamin D to absorb calcium. When your levels of vitamin D are insufficient, you are at risk of lower bone density and bone loss.
Vitamin D and blood sugar levels: Vitamin D is needed to help your body process sugar. In addition, studies have found that lower vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome.
Vitamin D and your mobility: One trial of older adults rated how quickly participants performed certain tasks such as walking, getting out of a chair, and balancing in certain positions. The group of seniors with the higher blood levels of vitamin D experienced better physical mobility than the group with lower blood levels of vitamin D over the study period.
Vitamin D and your cartilage: Researchers have discovered people with insufficient vitamin D levels have lower volumes of knee cartilage. However, when vitamin D levels are increased, positive changes occur in the cartilage volume.
In addition, recent researched has linked low levels of vitamin D to respiratory disease, such as asthma. And, studies have demonstrated that depression and pain can be lessened in women with type II diabetes with vitamin D supplementation.
Unlike many vitamins, vitamin D is naturally occurring in very few foods. You’ll find some vitamin D in cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks. But, the level of vitamin D in these foods is not sufficient to maintain adequate levels of the vitamin.
While you can get vitamin D through sun exposure, as previously mentioned you need to be exposed to sunlight without sunblock, and that comes with its own risks. In addition, as we age our bodies lose some of their ability to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight.
Supplementing with vitamin D is one of the easiest, effective, and inexpensive ways to ensure you’re getting adequate levels of this critical vitamin. Just be sure you take the D3 from. Recent studies have concluded that vitamin D3 is more effective and potent than the D2 form, possibly because D3 is the natural form of vitamin D found in the body, whereas D2 is not.
About the Author
This article is written by + Stu Lieberman the writer for Nutri-Health.com, an online High Quality Supplement and Health Store. Assisting people and helping them find quality supplements and health products online is what Stu has been doing for over 2 years. Nutri-Health.com carries Digestive Supplements to Probiotics to Joint Health.
Do you take vitamin D supplements? Has it helped you? In what ways have you noticed?