It’s probably pretty strange to see an article about vitamin D during the summer. After all, the majority of North Americans are currently basking in available sunlight for more hours compared to any other time of year. However, many of us are still lacking in the essential vitamin that protects so many important aspects of our health—our brain, bones, heart, muscles, and immune system—all have vitamin D receptors and all require the nutrient for proper function. The fact is, even though it’s summer many of us still don’t get outside enough to get the adequate amount of vitamin D (a vitamin that’s produced by our cells when the skin absorbs the sun’s rays).
Here are eight enlightening facts about the importance of the “sunshine vitamin”…
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1. Vitamin D for Bone Health
If you suffer from bone pain or frequent sprains and fractures, Vitamin D deficiency is often the culprit. The vitamin’s most basic role is calcium absorption. Without adequate calcium, the body can suffer from a weakening of the bones, nails, hair, and teeth. In fact, the long-term deficiency of the sunshine vitamin can lead to a condition known as osteomalacia, in which the bones gradually soften, eventually causing osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone and muscle weakness as well as chronic pain.