We need vitamins for healthy skin, nails, bones, blood vessels, and much more. They play a vital role to our health and aid in the function of various systems in our bodies. Vitamin D is of particular importance to the body, yet despite this many people are not getting their recommended daily requirements.
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Role of Vitamin D
“Vitamin D is very important for our bone growth, as it helps calcium absorption and various other processes in the building of our bone structure,” said Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity, who specializes in Pediatric Neurology at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Due to its involvement in our bone building processes, vitamin D becomes particularly important for women during the child bearing years. Abdelmoity explained to Aboutislam that during pregnancy, the fetus relies on its mother’s calcium, and providing the fetus with calcium becomes the body’s priority, even if that entails that the calcium is obtained from the mother’s own bones.
“This is a very unique vitamin in that when we eat foods containing vitamin D, it gets activated in our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight,” explained Abdelmoity.
Thus, exposure to sunlight becomes an essential component when it comes to maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D in the body and avoiding its deficiency. If a person were to get almost no sun exposure, they would have to compensate for this by taking 5,000 units of vitamin D daily.
To put this in perspective, that is the equal of fifty glasses of milk. Vitamin D can be found in dairy products, red meats, fatty fish, and egg yolks. (vitamindcouncil.org)
Vitamin D Deficiency
Mariem Abraheim, who lives in Houston, Texas, suffered from several mysterious immune system responses, including a continuous outbreak of hives and a low white blood cell count (the cells involved in the body’s defense against germs).
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