Vitamin D’s Potential Preventative Power Against 7 Medical Conditions

2010-05-05 | |
Last updated: 2010-05-05

With the constant barrage of media promotion concerning personal health, the case for good nutrition is very much old news. In most cases, from the time that we attend school, we are being taught that maintaining optimal health requires that our bodies get a balanced mix of nutrients including vitamins and minerals. However, whether or not we choose to embrace this information and ensure optimal intake of these nutrients is a whole other story.

Recently, much has been made about the widespread deficiency that most of us have in levels of Vitamin D. With such frequent media information telling us that we are eating poorly or not getting enough of the right foods, this useful information can effectively go in one ear and out the other.

Especially when we are healthy, it can seem to be one more piece of knowledge we feel that we can safely ignore. However, the benefits of higher levels of Vitamin D in our bodies are worth a deeper look not simply because of how we are feeling at the moment but because of the vitamin’s role in preventing disease.

How Do We Get Vitamin D?

The Vitamin D used by our bodies comes from either dietary sources such as milk, yogurt and certain types of fish or from creation in our skin as a result of exposure to sunlight. For most Americans, almost half of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin D comes from milk.

Why Is Vitamin D Important To Our Health?

Our bodies use Vitamin D for many purposes including maintenance of proper bone health, control of cell growth and cell reproduction as well as immune system maintenance. With involvement of the vitamin in these types of fundamental activities, it is hardly surprising that Vitamin D is important for disease prevention.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Health Risks

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