Vitamin D-The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it needs water to dissolve and to be used by our body. It is produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from the sun hit the skin.


Vitamin D is called the Sunshine Vitamin. A cholesterol compound found in the skin, converts to a precursor of vitamin D. This is just one more reason why we NEED cholesterol. One full body UV exposure causing a slight pinkness in the skin is equivalent to an oral intake of 10,000–25,000 IU of vitamin D3.


Benefits

  • Aids in normal bone growth

  • Builds energy

  • Regulates heart action

  • Effective in clotting the blood

  • Allows for better absorption of minerals

  • Promotes healthy eyes

  • Nourishes the thyroid gland

  • Promotes calcium absorption in the gut

  • Helps prevent hypocalcemic tetany

  • Along with calcium, helps protect older adults from osteoporosis

  • With high doses, has been shown to reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis

  • Has anti-cancer benefits

  • Regulates insulin levels in diabetics

  • Supports cardiovascular health and regulates blood pressure


Foods that provide vitamin D

  • Butter

  • Eggs

  • Sardines

  • Fish liver oils

  • Tuna

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Raw milk


Herbs that provide vitamin D

  • Alfalfa

  • Bee pollen

  • Fenugreek

  • Red raspberry

  • Rose hips

  • Papaya


Signs of deficiency

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

  • Defective teeth

  • Infections

  • Imperfect bone structure

  • Muscle weakness and/or pain

  • Heart Disease

  • Increased risk of osteoporosis

  • Increased fractures

  • Linked to breast and colon cancer

  • Rickets in children/Osteomalacia in adults

  • Increased risk of schizophrenia

  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes

  • Linked to autism, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis