People all over the world and the country are concerned about their health and actions they can take to improve the way they live and the length of life as well. Supplements are often a choice to consider when striving to achieve a better life. Vitamins and minerals are almost always an essential part of health supplements. Here is some more information on Vitamin D3 to help you understand how it can benefit you and your health.
Vitamin D is actually a group of fat soluble prohormones and the two main forma are vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Vitamin D is produced in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight and unlike many vitamins, can be produced, or synthesized, in the body. This occurs when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet B radiation that comes from the rays of the sun. Vitamin D is essential for the maintenance of many organs in the body and for other bodily processes. It regulates calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood and controls their absorption from food in the intestines. It also helps the kidneys to reabsorb calcium that was not used before or was disposed of from the body. It is important to have vitamin D in combination with vitamin K which is also very important in controlling blood calcium levels and prevention of osteoporosis. It is suggested that taking a supplement with both vitamin D and vitamin K will prevent the veins and arteries from becoming calcified (hardening of the tissue that makes one more susceptible to heart attack and other circulatory problems) and also adds calcium to the bones and makes them stronger. It has been shown in tests that taking a supplement with vitamin D and calcium promotes mineralization of the bones better than taking calcium individually. Vitamin D can also inhibit or prevent parathyroid hormone secretion and can also support the immune system.
Vitamin D deficiency can happen from inadequate amounts of it from food or supplements along with inadequate exposure to sunlight (or from disorders that inhibit absorption). Deficiency can affect the liver, kidneys and other organs that are essential for life, so sometimes a supplement is recommended by a physician. The best way to avoid or cure a deficiency of vitamin D is to simply find ways to get it back into the system and symptoms will often decrease on their own in moderate cases. In many cases 15-20 minutes a day of exposure to the sun is adequate for the body to produce the levels of vitamin D3 that are needed in the body.
Fish is really the only food that is naturally rich in vitamin D although it is added to milk and milk products to fortify it and make it more available to many people. Vitamin D is also added to soy products and cereals to help people who may not get enough to acquire more. Vitamin D is particularly useful in preventing cardiovascular problems and conditions and has even been linked to remission of cancer in some patients. The future of Vitamin D is promising and scientists and consumers alike learn more about it and what it can really do for you. Low levels of Vitamin D are also associated with diabetes, hypertension, and patients undergoing dialysis and research suggests that higher levels of vitamin D for people with these and similar degenerative or chronic diseases can help them live longer.