Benefits from ''The sun vitamin - D'' - the silent covid warrior
Lately there has been a lot of talk about vitamin D and benefits to the immune system it brings. People are associating this vitamin with bone health. And it is true. Vitamin D is important for the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, minerals key to bone health.
However, the popularity of this fat-soluble vitamin lately is due to the fact that news about it is constantly published in scientific journals - a whole range of its new functions and influences.
It is shown that vitamin D is significantly more important than previously thought, so we need to be more careful if we are sufficient.
Vitamin D has significant influence on autoimmune diseases, malignant diseases, metabolic syndrome, and the list goes on and on.
The importance of vitamin D is shown by the fact that every single cell in the body needs it, it is responsible for as many as 4000 cellular processes.
The importance of vitamin D for health
Its role in overall health is very important.
1) Healthy bones - an essential vitamin for bones. It plays a role in the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, minerals key to bone health. Maintaining a normal concentration of vitamin D, especially in older men and women, is a primary factor in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
2) Immunomodulator - a series of studies indicate that it reduces the risk of viral and bacterial infections.
3) Healthy pregnant women, newborns and children - just a few facts about the poor health of children due to vitamin D deficiency: increased blood pressure, asthma susceptibility, susceptibility to various food allergies, etc. In pregnant women, vitamin D deficiency leads to preeclampsia, and some studies suggest that vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy leads to autism in newborns.
Other roles and benefits:
• Healthy skin
• Regulation of certain hormones
• Healthy brain and mental health
• Reduced risk of malignant and cardiovascular diseases
• Protective effect against diabetes
• Beneficial effect on most types of arthritis
New research also shows a protective effect against most autoimmune diseases
Vitamin D deficiency
Deficiency of this vitamin is present almost everywhere, but why is it so, especially in countries where the sun's rays are present for most of the year?
A few minutes of sun exposure on the face and hands is far from enough. Additionally, the problem is in what part of the day do we go out, then, perhaps more importantly, what month is it?
Studies show that in certain months of the year, sun exposure alone does not produce vitamin D. These are the winter and autumn months, and even part of the spring. The reason is the angle of the sun's rays.
The production of vitamin D begins abruptly in May and June, but in the period from 10 am to 3 pm. We must learn to use this period.
Dangers of deficiency
Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include:
• Constant susceptibility to infections
• Chronic fatigue
• pain in bones, muscles, joints
• disturbed mood
• Headaches, depression
If the deficiency persists over a long period of time, more serious complications are possible, such as:
• cardiovascular diseases
• autoimmune diseases
• neurological diseases
• complications during pregnancy
• certain types of malignant diseases, 6 groups of malignant diseases are directly related - hematological, breast cancer, colon, lung, skin and prostate
Which people are at particular risk of deficiency?
• people living in the far north of the planet
• those who live in cities with high pollution
• those who use sunscreen too often
• office workers and people who spend most of the day indoors
• those with a darker complexion (higher melanin levels lead to less absorption of vitamin D by the skin)
Food as a source of vitamin D.
Foods rich in vitamin D:
• egg yolk
• cow's milk.
However, diet is not the most appropriate source of this vitamin. Sun exposure and supplementation are more effective ways to get enough vitamin D.
Safe exposure to the sun
The best "source" of vitamin D is sunlight. Although we know that UV sun rays can do damage, exposing large areas of our skin to the sun for a few minutes (10-15 minutes) is not harmful, on the contrary, it provides us with the production of vitamin D which is enough for the daily amounts needed.
If we intend this exposure to be effective, the skin should not be coated with creams with UV protection factor. Those with a darker complexion need to be exposed to longer periods of sunlight.
Several studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to coronavirus infection and more severe COVID-19. read more here.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This post is only for informational purposes! If you have any concerns please contact medical care provider.