Vitamin D Supplement

Vitamin D Supplement

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[Best Syndication] Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble prohormones. Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 are the two major forms of these prohormones. Vitamin D3 is created when the sun is exposed to skin. Sunlight has ultraviolet B radiation rays that are key for your body to make vitamin D3.

Vitamin D is important to help maintain organ systems. Vitamin D is well known for its aid in forming bone and is necessary to develop strong bones. Vitamin D is also important in the process of regulating calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood and it also promotes calcium to be re-absorbed via the kidneys to be stored for a later use in the bones.

Foods can be fortified with a synthetic vitamin D supplement. Cereals and milk are often fortified with vitamin D. Depending on the country that you live in will determine the amounts and extent that foods have been fortified.

Vitamin D does occur naturally in fatty fish as well as some mushrooms and eggs. Here is a list of foods that contain Vitamin D naturally:

Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil, 1 Tbs. (15 mL) provides 1,360 IU
Herring, 3 oz provides 1383 IU
Catfish, 3 oz provides 425 IU
Salmon, cooked, 3.5 oz provides 360 IU
Mackerel, cooked, 3.5 oz, 345 IU
Sardines, canned in oil, drained, 1.75 oz, 250 IU
Tuna, canned in oil, 3 oz, 200 IU
Eel, cooked, 3.5 oz, 200 IU
Mushrooms provide over 2700 IU per serving (approx. 3 oz or 1/2 cup) of vitamin D2, if exposed to just 5 minutes of UV light after being harvested;[16] this is one of a few natural sources of vitamin D for vegans.
One whole egg, 20 IU

Vitamin D deficiencies are not common in modern civilizations because of the fortifications of vitamin D in food staples. If there is a vitamin D deficiency in a child could develop rickets, which is a condition that causes the bones to become soft and become deformed easily especially in the long bones. In the United States there was a major problem with childhood rickets which prompted the fortification of milk with vitamin D which has dramatically reduced the number of cases.

Some hereditary conditions can cause a deficiency in vitamin D can be related to kidney or liver disorders. Bone disorders related to vitamin D are rickets, osteomalicia, and osteoperosis.

According to Wikipedia, Vitamin D also can inhibit parathyroid hormone secretion that is derived from the parathyroid gland. The parathyroid gland is responsible for regulating how much calcium is released into the blood. Too much or too little calcium in the blood can contribute to metabolic endocrine disorders.

Other disease that may be related to a vitamin D deficiency are high blood pressure, tuberculosis, cancer, periodontal disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, depression, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, peripheral artery disease and several autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes. There are numerous studies looking into vitamin D and risks associated with diseases that are suggesting that there are direct link with this vitamin. There has also been a study that suggested that a vitamin D deficiency is linked to colon cancer. Other kinds of cancer have had conflicting results. There is some research in the benefits with reducing and preventing coronary heart disease when there are adequate levels of vitamin D in a person.

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Vitamin D toxicity is measured by the elevated level of calcium in the blood. This can lead to high blood pressure. A person might suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms of such as anorexia, nausea, and vomiting if they have to much vitamin D intake. Several other symptoms such as increase urine production and increased thrist may follow. Vitamin D toxicity could eventually lead to renal failure that is sometimes permanent.

U.S. Dietary Reference Intake Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) of vitamin D for children and adults is 50 micrograms/day (2,000 IU/day). With 2500 micrograms/day (100,000 IU) of vitamin D this can cause a toxicity buildup within a few months. For infants (birth to 12 months) the tolerable UL is set at 25 micrograms/day (1000 IU/day), and vitamin D concentrations of 1000 micrograms/day (40,000 IU) in infants have been shown to produce toxicity within 1 to 4 months.

Before starting or changing any dietary routine, always discuss with your doctor any supplements that you are considering and what would be the correct amounts that would be best for you.

By Nicole Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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