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Vitamin D – What’s all the fuss about?

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By Catherine Richards of Zest Natural Health

We’ve been really lucky over the Easter break to finally see some sunshine and soak up some Vitamin D! But why is it so important?

Although most of us are aware of how important vitamin D is for bones & calcium absorption, this fat-soluble vitamin plays a much bigger role in the body than just this. Some of the these include:

  • Blood sugar regulation – Vitamin D mediates insulin secretion.
  • Autoimmune conditions – Vitamin D plays a key role in immune function and has been found to decrease inflammation in autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and assist with autoimmune thyroid conditions, Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s.
  • Psoriasis – decreases inflammation, the rate the skin cells grow and regulates the immune system.
  • Mood – current research is showing that low vitamin D levels may have an impact on mood, potentially by affecting serotonin levels.
  • Cardiovascular health – including high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Crohn’s disease – deficiency is high in patients suffering with CD.
  • Therefore, vitamin D is extremely important at building our immune system and much more!

The main dietary sources for the absorbable form of vitamin D are oily fish such as salmon, mackeral, sardines and also egg yolks.

Many people in the UK are unfortunately deficient in Vitamin D and may benefit from taking a supplement. It’s recommended to check with a Nutritionist before doing so to establish if it would be beneficial, and what strength/ type of supplement would be best. Or we could all emigrate to a warmer climate for the winter…we can dream anyway!

For more information, call me on 07585 435819 or visit my website at www.zestnaturalhealth.com

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