Vitamin D has been in the limelight over the last year. While other vitamins like A, B, C and E have all had their moments in the spotlight over the years, vitamin D was skipped and overlooked for its many health benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic brought more attention to vitamin D and its impact on the immune system, but that is not the only benefit of Vitamin D. Here are some of the benefits of vitamin D and how it can help you achieve optimal health.
Healthy Bones and Teeth
Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health. It is vital for the absorption of calcium – without vitamin D, you cannot get the calcium need to grow new bone and prevent bone loss. Vitamin D should be paired with calcium to prevent osteoporosis and promote strong, healthy bones. Vitamin D is also needed for healthy teeth and the bones supporting teeth in the jaw for better oral health and a beautiful smile.
Stronger Immune System
When COVID-19 spread across the world in 2020, one of the variables that impacted how people reacted to the virus was their Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is valuable to supporting the immune system’s function when fighting offer viruses like COVID-19 and even the common flu. Studies have shown that regions prone to limited sunshine and lower levels of vitamin D in the population are at higher risk of viral infections and other respiratory illnesses. Even those with normal levels of vitamin D may benefit from supplementation to fight off certain viruses and respiration infections.
Reduce Diabetes and High Blood Pressure Risks
Lower levels of vitamin D have been linked to type 1 & 2 diabetes and hypertension or high blood pressure. Both diabetes and hypertension can increase risks for cardiovascular disease, the number one killer. Supplementing vitamin D can be part of a healthy lifestyle to prevent both diabetes and high blood pressure for a longer lifespan.
Weight Loss, Mood Enhancement and More
Vitamin D has been linked to many factors that contribute to overall health. Not only does taking vitamin D with calcium strengthen bones but it has been linked to appetite suppression and weight loss. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to depression, which may be due to its role in serotonin synthesis. Even certain cancer risks may be reduced with optimal vitamin D levels, such as breast, colorectal, prostate and pancreatic cancer.
There are many excellent health reasons to ensure your vitamin D levels are kept high. If you want to check your vitamin D levels, we offer nutrient lab testing at Arcadia Wellness Center and supplementation with IV therapy and other options. Call our office in Phoenix to schedule your appointment to learn more about achieving better health with vitamin D supplementation.