7 Health Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin,” mostly because we get it naturally when the sun’s UV rays interact with our skin, which triggers the vitamin’s synthesis. The vitamin helps our body’s absorption of calcium to keep our bones strong and encourage healthy cells to grow.
Last year, researchers demonstrated the protective effects of vitamin D in a mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis induced by the chemotherapeutic drug bleomycin.
Here are a few more health benefits of this versatile vitamin, according to healthline.com:
1. Fighting Depression
Studies have found that people with depression are often deficient in vitamin D and that depression gets better after taking a vitamin D supplement.
2. Fighting Disease
Recent studies indicate that vitamin D can reduce the risk of major diseases such as multiple sclerosis, heart disease, influenza, diabetes, and many more.
3. Help with Weight Loss
According to research, vitamin D and calcium supplements can aid in weight loss. Research subjects who took the supplements reported more weight loss than subjects who took placebos.
It is believed that vitamin D affects over 2,000 genes in the body—which could help protect against cancers.
5. Muscle Strength
It’s well known that vitamin D helps to keep bones and teeth strong, but now we know that muscle strength can also be affected by this nutrient.
6. Healthy Pregnancy
Taking a vitamin D supplement while pregnant could help to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia for the mom, and rickets in the child.
7. Help the treatment of Fibrosis
Vitamin D, often found at low levels in pulmonary fibrosis patients, has been shown to regulate the fibrotic process and be a useful agent in the treatment of fibrosis in different body parts, such as the bones, kidney and liver.
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