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VITAMIN D – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

As cold days descend on us, so does the cold season. Our immune systems are suddenly under a lot of pressure since everybody around seems to be coughing and blowing their nose, not to mention the cold weather and general weariness that comes in late autumn. And while we explored the Shilajits effect on our system to the core, there is much more we can do for our immune system in these cold months, which brings us to today’s blog.

Sunlight and, consequently, vitamin D. You probably heard of it at some point, yet we still feel like it needs to be mentioned more. Vitamin D is an essential and versatile vitamin, a deficiency that can quickly emerge on these cold days. So, in the spirit of learning more about our general health, let’s get to it.

1. WHAT IS VITAMIN D?

Vitamin D is a nutrient obtained from food and synthesized in our bodies. For most people, the best way to get enough vitamin D is by taking a supplement because it is not easy to get it through regular food alone. Vitamin D supplements are available in two forms: vitamin D2 (“ergocalciferol” or pre-vitamin D) and vitamin D3 (“cholecalciferol”). Both documents are well-absorbed. It is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it binds to fats, and its absorption is much quicker if we eat it with something fatty. Vitamin D isn’t naturally found in many foods, but you can get it from fortified milk, fortified cereal, and fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines.

But, the most significant source of the vitamin is the least abundant thing in winter times. Sunlight. Vitamin D production in the skin is the primary natural source of vitamin D in all humans. Depending on where you live and your lifestyle, vitamin D production might decrease or be completely absent during the winter months. Also, people with darker skin tend to have lower blood levels of vitamin D because the pigment (melanin) acts like a shade, reducing the production of vitamin D.

 

Worldwide, an estimated 1 billion people have inadequate vitamin D levels in their blood, and deficiencies can be found in all ethnicities and age groups. It is essential to get at least some sun exposure every day (if possible) since it impacts your mood and the production of this crucial vitamin. Sunscreen, while essential to prevent skin cancer, also can decrease vitamin D production.

2. WHAT US THE ROLE OF VITAMIN D?

Vitamin D is a nutrient your body needs for building and maintaining healthy bones. That’s because your body can only absorb calcium, the primary component of bone when vitamin D is present. Vitamin D also regulates many other cellular functions in your body. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties support immune health, muscle function, and brain cell activity. Also, laboratory studies show vitamin D can help control infections and reduce inflammation. Many of the body’s organs and tissues have receptors for vitamin D, which suggest essential roles beyond bone health, and scientists are actively investigating other possible functions.

Meta-analyses of epidemiological studies have found that people with the lowest serum levels of vitamin D had a significantly increased risk of strokes and any heart disease event compared with those with the highest levels. For instance, In the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, nearly 50,000 healthy men were followed for ten years. Those who had the lowest levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to have a heart attack as men who had the highest levels.
Furthermore, In an analysis of more than 427,000 White European participants using Mendelian randomization, a 54% higher risk of dementia was seen among participants with low vitamin D.

Overall, the role of vitamin D is getting more and more recognized with recent discoveries, and we can’t wait to see what else they come up with.

Food that is rich in vitamin D

GET SOME SUNLIGHT

This would be the best advice we can give. Sunshine is the source of life. However, you look at it. Getting enough vitamin D is the best thing you can do for your health right now, besides a healthy dose of Shilajit.
Surprisingly, there were traces of vitamin D3 found in Shilajit. While these levels are not nearly enough to be worth mentioning as a vitamin D supplement, it’s astonishing how complete Shilajits’ nutritional profile can be.

 

Woman enjoying sunlight and getting vitamin D