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The Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin capsules and pills laying on a marble tableMany people know that calcium is important for strong bones-but did you know that it’s vitamin D that helps your body properly utilize that calcium? Vitamin D has many surprising health benefits!

  • Mood and Energy

    Vitamin D is important in helping prevent depression and mood disorders. It helps you maintain a positive outlook, keeps your energy levels up and helps prevent seasonal affective disorder.

  • Fighting Infection

    Adequate levels of vitamin D help protect against infections and viruses by regulating the role of white blood cells, which attack pathogens. Vitamin D also decreases viruses’ ability to replicate, and activates enzymes that prevent tissue damage.

  • Autoimmune Disorders

    Vitamin D supports healthy cell replication and controls inflammation, so it is beneficial in chronic diseases and autoimmune disorders with an inflammatory component. Examples include Multiple sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid arthritis, and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Diabetes

    Vitamin D also helps regulate blood sugar levels and insulin secretion. A recent study shows that vitamin D’s contribution in controlling blood sugar has beneficial effects on all aspects of type 2 diabetes.

  • Cancer

    Perhaps most surprisingly, vitamin D is important in supporting apoptosis, which is the process by which a cell in your body reaches the end of its useful life and dies. In cancer, cells replicate incorrectly and don’t die the way they should. Vitamin D helps cells die, preventing the growth of tumors.

If you’d like more information on vitamin D supplements, let us know at your next appointment!
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