Vitamin d is fast becoming recognized as a very important need for the general well being of a person. The best and natural form of harnessing vitamin d is from sunlight hence the connective name given – sunshine vitamin. Though it is possible to also get vitamin d from eating certain types of food, like fish, fish liver oils and egg yolks these foods are not considered popular items in the daily diet. Another source is from fortified dairy and grain products.
When not taken in adequate amounts several things can occur to the human body. Because vitamin d plays an essential role in helping the body use calcium, it is of utmost importance to have the right daily requirements. Vitamin d deficiency leads to lots of bone related problems. In the most severe cases it causes rickets which in turn leads to soft bones and skeletal deformities. Besides this, low vitamin d also leads to bone quality and density deterioration. Also noted are, recent studies have shown, low vitamin d levels also eventually impacts and causes other health problems.
Among the most commonly noted symptoms are, bone aches and pains, muscle weakness, increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children and most recently some types of cancer.
There are a number of probable reasons pointing to the low level of vitamin d in a person. The popular thought of staying out of the sunlight and its intense heat is the most disturbing, as sunlight is the most natural source there is. Dermatologist and beauty products strongly discourage sun exposure. Millions are spent on research to produce beauty products that keep the sun rays from coming into contact with skin. Certain medical conditions also contribute to the body being unable to absorb and use vitamin d effectively.