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Vitamin D Importance

Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient that plays a vital role in numerous physiological processes within the human body. It is known primarily for its role in bone health, but recent research has revealed its involvement in various other physiological functions as well. Here are some key points regarding the importance of vitamin D.

  1. Bone Health: Vitamin D plays a fundamental role in maintaining optimal bone health by regulating calcium and phosphate metabolism. A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to weakened bones, increased risk of fractures, and skeletal disorders such as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.
  2. Muscle Function: Emerging evidence suggests that vitamin D is involved in muscle function and strength. It has been associated with improved muscle performance, reduced risk of falls, and enhanced muscle strength, particularly in older adults. 
  3. Cardiovascular Health: Research suggests that vitamin D may have cardiovascular benefits, including the regulation of blood pressure, reduction of arterial stiffness, and inhibition of inflammation in blood vessels. Reference: Wang, L., et al. (2012). 
  4. Mental Health: There is growing evidence linking vitamin D status with mental health outcomes. Vitamin D receptors are found in various regions of the brain, suggesting a potential role in neurodevelopment, cognition, and mood regulation. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of depression, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders.

It is important to consult healthcare professionals for personalised advice on maintaining optimal vitamin D levels and supplementation if necessary.


References – Vitamin D:

Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease: an updated review. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, 6(4), 307-314.

Reference: Girgis, C. M., et al. (2013). Effects of vitamin D in skeletal muscle: falls, strength, athletic performance, and insulin sensitivity. Clinical Endocrinology, 80(2), 169-181.

Reference: Holick, M. F. (2007). Vitamin D deficiency. New England Journal of Medicine, 357(3), 266-281.

Reference: Anglin, R. E., et al. (2013). Vitamin D deficiency and depression in adults: systematic review and meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 202(2), 100-107.