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Vitamin D – All You Need To Know

Dr Vivek Baliga Bones, Dr Vivek Baliga, General , , , , ,

Our body requires a number of different nutrients to function normally. Vitamin D is one such nutrient that has a variety of different functions in the body. Women (and men) in India are surprisingly low in Vitamin D levels. This can have detrimental effects on the body, and can affect your health in the long term.

Let’s take a brief look at why this vitamin is essential, and how low levels can affect your health.

What Is Vitamin D?

Our body requires vitamins and minerals that ensure normal functioning of all the cells in the body.

Vitamin D is what is called a ‘fat soluble’ vitamin, and forms an essential component of our bones. It plays an important role in the regulation of calcium and phosphate levels in the blood, and these are primary components of bones and teeth.

Once vitamin D is synthesized in the body, it is converting into an active hormone in order to exert its benefits.

What Are The Sources?

Vitamin D is primarily obtained from sunlight. Our skin absorbs the sunlight, and a series of different chemical reactions occur which ultimately results in the production of vitamin D. While a detailed discussion regarding how this occurs is out of the scope of this article, we thought we would include a diagram that illustrates this for those who love science!

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