Wellness Wednesdays: Benefits of Vitamin D

The main function of vitamin D is to regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorous in our bones and to aid in cell communication throughout the body. Frequent exposure of the skin to sunlight promotes sufficient vitamin D manufacturing without the need for supplements, however, since the industrial revolution and the rise of office jobs we do not get enough exposure via sunlight.

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Why do we need vitamin D?

  • Healthy bones: it is important for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous.
  • Immune system: It regulates the immune system and helps to fight infections such as the common cold.
  • Reduces risk of multiple sclerosis: according to some studies MS is much less common nearer to the tropics (where there is more sunlight).
  • Brain power: vitamin D plays a key role in a well-functioning and healthy brain.
  • Weight maintenance: helps to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Reduces severity and frequency of asthma.
  • Prevents arthritis: has been shown to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Keeps you happy: vitamin D deficiency has been attributed to symptoms of depression.

Do you take a vitamin D supplement and if so, why?