The Benefits of Vitamin D Supplements

Wild salmon is one of the few foods that contain much-needed vitamin D

People take dietary supplements such as minerals, vitamins, and herbs for a variety of reasons, and with many different expectations. One reason is to improve nutrition and overall well being. A dietary supplement, also known as a nutritional supplement or food supplement, is a product anticipated to enhance the diet and provide nutrients such as vitamins,  fiber, minerals, fatty acids or amino acids that may be not be consumed sufficiently or are missing in a person’s diet.

 

While it is important to maintain a healthy body, many people have trouble choosing a healthier lifestyle. Often, important nutrients such as iron, protein and vitamins are omitted from the food choices that are made making us more susceptible to disease. To compensate for the loss of nutrients, there are several diet supplements available. It is not recommended that you make up for the lack of nutrients in your diet by taking supplements. However, one can enhance their nutrient intake by use of supplementation.

 

Some nutrients are not as easy to consume in the diet and should be supplemented. One of the best supplements you can take for your health is vitamin D since only a few foods naturally contain significant amounts of vitamin D.

 

The following foods are rich in vitamin D:
  • Whole egg
  • Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil, 1 Tbs.
  • Beef liver, cooked
  • Fatty fish, such as: Sardines (canned in oil); wild Salmon, cooked; Eel, cooked; Mackerel, cooked
There is vast research showing the many health benefits of vitamin D. You may be surprised to learn the important role of vitamin D in our health.

 

  • Maintains Calcium Balance – The maintenance of calcium levels in the blood within a narrow range is essential for the normal functioning of the nervous system, for bone growth and maintenance of bone density. Vitamin D is necessary for efficient use of calcium by the body.
  • Supports cell differentiation – Cell differentiation leads to cell specialization for specific functions in the body. It generally leads to the differentiation of cells to decrease proliferation. Although cell production is essential for wound healing and growth, uncontrolled propagation of cells with definite mutations can cause diseases like cancer. The active form of vitamin D inhibits proliferation and induces cell differentiation.
  • Increases immunity – Vitamin D is a powerful modulator of the immune system. There is much scientific confirmation that vitamin D has many different effects on immune function that can improve your immunity and inhibit the development of autoimmunity.
  • Plays a significant role in insulin secretion – The active form of vitamin D plays a role in insulin secretion under conditions of increased demand for insulin. Limited data in humans suggests that a lack of vitamin D may have negative effects on insulin secretion and glucose tolerance in type 2 diabetes.
  • Blood Pressure Regulation – Sufficient vitamin D in the body may be essential in reducing the risk of hypertension.
It is important to take the proper amount of vitamin D supplementation. Recently daily requirement recommendations have been increased. It is important to speak with a qualified physician or nutritionist who is familiar with the nutritional needs of the human body in order to get a proper recommendation. Have your vitamin D levels checked. Many doctors are not well versed when it comes to nutrition. It is important to find one who is!

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