Health Benefits of Vitamin D



Almost every organ system in our body is influenced by Vitamin D.


Here's a summary of the health benefits of Vitamin D: 


Vitamin D is important for the health of our bones and muscles. It has direct beneficial effects on the muscles and bones. In addition, it is important for the absorption of the ingested calcium and phosphorus. If you don't have enough Vitamin D, you don't appropriately absorb calcium and phosphorus, which has deleterious effects on bones and muscles.


If you are low in Vitamin D, you're at risk for osteoporosis. You can also develop muscle aches and pains, which often gets misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Vitamin D is an effective treatment for osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.


Vitamin D is important for the normal functioning of our immune system. It can boost up our immune system to fight off infections such as common cold, flu, tuberculosis etc.


Vitamin D helps to regulate the immune system and may be effective in preventing autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, asthma, lupus, M.S. Hashimoto's thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis etc.


Vitamin D also has anti-cancer properties and may prevent various cancers, especially cancer of colon, breast and prostate.


Vitamin D may prevent as well as treat high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and heart disease.


Vitamin D also regulates our mood. Therefore, it may prevent as well as treat mood disorders such as depression.   


Vitamin D defciency increasedrisk for Alzheimer's and other forms of Dementia


Vitamin D can help in the treatment of Allergic Rhinitis



Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency











This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, photoEndocrinology and Metabolism.



Dr. Zaidi is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Currently he is Medical Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.



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