While Vitamin D is classically referred to as a vitamin, it is also in the true sense a hormone as it can be synthesized within the body provided adequate sun exposure. It can be found in small amounts in a few foods, including fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna. To make vitamin D more available, it is added to dairy products, juices, and cereals that are then said to be “fortified with vitamin D.”
Vitamin D is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is also used for diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and tooth and gum disease.
It is also used for boosting the immune system, preventing autoimmune diseases, preventing cancer, and treating osteoporosis (weak bones). Taking a specific form of vitamin D called cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) along with calcium seems to help prevent bone loss and bone breaks.¹
Through blood testing of vitamin D levels, we've found that nearly 40-50% of men and women in the Denver metro area are deficient in vitamin D, despite diet and sun exposure. It's important to supplement these levels in order to prevent possible problems and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.
Common Benefits Vitamin D:
- Reducing cancer risks.
- Improving blood pressure.
- Improving cholesterol levels.
- Improving calcium absorption.
- Protection against bone loss.
- Improving the immune system.