Are you suffering from any one of conditions:
- Low energy and fatigue
- Depression for no reason
- Fall sick very often
- Seasonal sadness
- Soreness after moderate exercise
- Muscle fatigue easily or cramps often
- Osteoporosis or osteopenia
- Body aches or joint aches (musculoskeletal pain)
- Low immunity like fall sick very often or catch cold too frequently
- Suffering autoimmune disease
- Viral infections
- Metabolic disorder like diabetes
- Cardio vascular condition like high blood pressure or cholesterol issues
- Skin or hair problems
Consider getting your Vitamin D levels checked?
And there are innumerable symptoms and conditions associated directly or indirectly with Vit D deficiency. Vitamin D is crucial for mineral metabolization and is said to target over 2000 human genes. Deficiency is linked to over 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, autoimmune diseases, muscle and bone problems, and other serious diseases.
Vitamin D acts as a strong immunomodulator (can modulate the immune system), has epigenetic effect (can change the gene expression) and has anti inflammatory, anti cancer properties.
Why deficiency is so common now a day? Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and therefore need sufficient amount of fat in diet to get absorbed from intestine or manufactured by skin on exposure to sunlight. Refraining oneself from sun exposure and eating low fat is one of main reason for vitamin D deficiency now a days. Levels of fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K deplete and replete slowly. We need bolus doses of fat soluble vitamin to replete the levels.
> Dark skinned individuals, elderly and people living in region with low sunlight are more prone to vitamin D deficiency
> People with digestive issues are also more prone to deficiency
> Alcoholics and people with liver or kidney dysfunction are also more prone to deficiency
> Zinc and magnesium deficiency is also a reason why people are more prone to Vitamin D deficiency. Magnesium is critical for calcium and vitamin D absorption and zinc works synergistically with all nutrients
> Certain medications like antacids, corticosteroids, certain statin drugs and anti seizure can cause vitamin D deficiency
Test: You can check Vitamin D levels by checking serum 25-OH Vitamin D levels. Levels below 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) is considered very low. According to current literature, levels between 60-70 ng/mL are considered optimal but people suffering from chronic or autoimmune diseases have shown improvement on levels between 70-100 ng/mL.
Sources of Vitamin D
- Exposing to sunlight around noon for 10 mins provide 10,000 IU of vitamin D with no sunscreen, sunglasses and wearing shorts and tank top
- Foods like fish, eggs, organic butter, sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin D
- If you have been diagnosed with levels below 30, then you might consider taking pills or injections under supervision of a physician as higher levels can be toxic to liver. If you suffering from any kind of digestive issues like indigestion, bloating, diarrhoea etc then consider taking injections rather than pills.
Doses: Current research indicates 1000 IU per day for infants, 2000 IU per day for children and 4000 IU per day for adults is safe, promote optimal health and reduce risk of several serious diseases.