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The importance of vitamin D and its benefits

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What is the importance of vitamin D and why is it needed?  First you need to understand what is vitamin D. Vitamin D is the “vitamin of the sun”, it regulates the exchange of calcium and phosphorus, promotes the absorption of vitamin A, has an immunomodulatory, oncoprotective effect, and also reduces lead intoxication.

 The symptoms of deficiency can be very different, but most often it is a deterioration in mood and fatigue, sleep and appetite disturbances, skin and stool problems, and high blood pressure.

 Vitamin D is also important for bone health.  In children, a lack of the “sunshine vitamin” leads to osteomalacia, also known as “rickets”.  In older people, muscle weakness and decreased bone mass, which increases the risk of injury and bone fractures.  Also, low concentrations of vitamin D are dangerous for pregnant women.

 Vitamin D deficiency often goes undiagnosed, which can significantly affect health and quality of life.  However, it is important to remember that uncontrolled intake of vitamin D is not safe, as the substance is toxic in high concentrations.

How to get vitamin D

 It would seem that it’s easier than ever to need good nutrition and stay outdoors under the sun, and the issue is resolved!

 Also, eating foods with vitamin D.

 However, it’s not that simple.

 Studies have shown that the amount of vitamin D in foods is unstable.  For example, when examining milk from the same manufacturer, the vitamin D content in different batches fluctuated and could be less than the declared value within 20 IU.  That is why, in some countries, manufacturers add vitamin D to milk and dairy products.

 In order for the body to develop enough vitamin, it is necessary to be with the face and limbs exposed to the sun in the midday sun (from 10 am to 3 pm) twice a week.  For people with fair skin, five minutes is enough, dark-skinned people should be in the sun for at least half an hour.

 However, for some children to replenish the deficiency of vitamin D in the body, it is not enough just to have adequate nutrition from sunbathing.  Babies suffering from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, overweight, living in regions where there is little sunlight, children who move little, with dark skin, as well as children who do not want to stay in the sun – all of them are at risk  lack of vitamin D.