What Are the Benefits of Taking Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D3 also called cholecalciferol is easily accessible from sunlight, supplements and diet. Adding foods such as tuna, herring, eggs and mushrooms to your diet will provide a good supply of vitamin D3 according to, FitDay.com. Vitamin D3 may benefit bone health, improve back pain, enhance the immune system and enhance the mood and cognitive performance of elder individuals. Vitamin D3 should be taken with the advice and under the supervision of an health care professional.
Maintains Bone Health
Healthy bones are important in performing normal everyday activities, such as walking, running, dancing and enjoying other social activities. Vitamin D3 works to strengthen and maintain strong healthy bones. A deficiency in vitamin D3 may result in osteomalacia, a painful adult bone thinning disease, according to FitDay.com. Osteoporosis is another vitamin D3 deficient condition that causes bones to become fragile causing falls and resulting and fractures of the hips or wrists.
- Healthy bones are important in performing normal everyday activities, such as walking, running, dancing and enjoying other social activities.
- Osteoporosis is another vitamin D3 deficient condition that causes bones to become fragile causing falls and resulting and fractures of the hips or wrists.
Improves Back Pain
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Vitamin D3 may improve musculoskeletal disorders. As reported in some studies; a deficiency of vitamin D3 has been associated with lower back pain in women. According to IntegrativePractioner.com, an Egyptian study with 60 female patients with low back pain complaints for over three months, were measured for levels of vitamin D3. These women vitamin D3 levels were compared to 20 matched healthy women in the control group. Results of the study showed that patients with low back pain had significantly lower vitamin D3 levels than those in the control group.
- Vitamin D3 may improve musculoskeletal disorders.
- Results of the study showed that patients with low back pain had significantly lower vitamin D3 levels than those in the control group.
Enhances The Immune System
A strong healthy immune system is the body’s defense in fighting off bacteria, infections and other health conditions that attack the various systems of the body. According to an article in Science Direct, vitamin D3 prevents excessive inflammatory response, helps increase the effects of white blood cells to kill substances and helps to regulate the T cells; a major factor in the function of the body’s immune system. According to IntegrativePractioner.com, vitamin D deficiency may influence the development and progression of various autoimmune diseases.
Improves Mood and Cognitive Performance
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Vitamin D3 may improve mood and cognitive performance. According to Chris D. Meletis, of Integrative Practitioner, vitamin D3 deficiency is considered a culprit in psychiatric and neurological disorders in older patients. Vitamin D3 deficiency has shown correlation to low mood and impairment of two of four measures of cognitive performance, in a study of 80 older adults, 40 of who had mild Alzheimer’s disease and 40 that were non-demented individuals.
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Norma Chew is a retired registered nurse who has been a freelance writer since 1978. Chew's articles have appeared in the "Journal of the Association of Operating Room Nurses" (AORN), "Point of View Magazine" and "Today's OR Nurse." Chew has a master's degree in health care administration from Nova Southeastern University.