Sunday, 17 November 2013

Vitamin D – Importance, Sources and Causes of Deficiency

For the physical and emotional well-being of a person having the right amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals is essential. If your regular meal is lacking of proper vitamins then it will cause certain vitamin deficiency.

  • Importance of Vitamin D:

Vitamin D is a particular vitamin that our body needs for calcium metabolism and bone growth. Although the human body can prepare the vitamin D on its own but its required levels can be low for some reasons. You have to take care of maintaining the required level of vitamin D. The lack of particular vitamin in the body may cause a number of health ailments such as bone and joint pain, weakening and softening the bones, osteoporosis, muscle pain etc. Vitamin D is also imperative for the maintenance of mental development in kids and adults. The blood concentration of calcium and phosphorus for bone growth is maintained by vitamin D.

  • Sources of Vitamin D:

The dietary sources of vitamin D are few and about 80% of our required vitamin D is fulfilled by the sunshine which is also known as ‘sunshine-vitamin’.  Sunshine is the best source of vitamin D.

Good food sources of vitamin D include soy products, fatty fish, eggs, cereals, tofu, silk plain soy yoghurt, orange juice and mushrooms are major dietary sources of vitamin D.
  • Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency:

The limited exposure to sunshine is one of the most common causes of the particular deficiency. Sun shine is crucial in order to synthesize vitamin D in the skin.

Poor absorption process due to certain conditions can cause vitamin D deficiency in the body. Colitis and Cohns disease are some certain ailments that can damage the line of digestive tract and impair the absorption of many imperative vitamins and minerals in the body including vitamin D.

Deficient dietary intake is also a major reason of vitamin D deficiency. Fish, eggs, yoghurt, dairy items and beef liver are major sources of vitamin D. mostly vegetarians are prone to have vitamin D deficiency.

An excessive compensation of some particular medications can cause vitamin D deficiency. It can be caused by some hereditary disorders. Alcohol consumption is also a common cause of vitamin D deficiency.

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