Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » Enlightening Vitamin D Facts

Enlightening Vitamin D Facts


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”…

Want diet & nutrition content delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our exclusive diet & nutrition newsletter!

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.

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • Glossitis: 12 Things to Know About Inflammation of the Tongue
    The tongue is a small, muscular organ in the mouth that helps with tasting and swallowing food, as well as articulating speech.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 5 Things to Know About Kyphosis
    Kyphosis is the medical term for a condition in which the curvature of the spine causes a forward rounding of the back.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
    Kidney cancer is also referred to as renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and according to Healthline, it's one of the top 10 most common cancers in men and women.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Health Conditions Linked to Weight Loss
    We tend to focus so much on obesity and being overweight that being chronically thin or experiencing sudden weight loss is overlooked.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Alarming Triggers for Alzheimer's Disease
    Although medical researchers are unable to pinpoint the exact cause of Alzheimer’s, many studies link exposure to certain chemicals, medications, and even emotions to heightening...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Telltale Diabetes Symptoms in Children
    Diabetes is often thought of as an adult disease, as it can be caused by diet and lifestyle choices (eating habits and alcohol consumption). However, a 3-year old in the U.S.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Signs and Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is commonly associated with children, but it can progress into adulthood and present its own unique challenges at a later age.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Foods That Help Build Muscle
    Building muscle is about more than just lifting weights. It’s a total body experience that goes beyond the gym and right into your kitchen.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Itchy, Scratchy, Uncomfortable Symptoms of Pink Eye
    Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious bacterial or viral eye infection that occurs when the blood vessels of the transparent membrane (or conjunctiva) covering the...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • At-Home Remedies For Pink Eye
    Pink eye (medically called conjunctivitis) results from a viral or bacterial infection that spreads from an allergy and the rubbing of the eyes.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Is It Measles? Signs and Symptoms of Measles
    Measles, a condition medically known as rubeola, is highly contagious. In fact, the disease is responsible for a total death toll of approximately 200 million...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Precursors to Prediabetes
    While diabetes is very prevalent in the U.S.—the American Diabetes Association claims more than 9-percent of the population was diagnosed with the disease as of 2012—there are...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Common Myths of Type 2 Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes is a gruelling health condition to manage. People who suffer from this condition have to constantly keep tabs on their blood sugar, prepare a healthy diet, read...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Most Indicative Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
    Diabetes, often called the silent killer. It strikes almost 24 million people across the U.S.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Foods That Promote Healthy Hair
    Healthy hair is one major indication of overall physical wellbeing. It can take years to grow hair to a long length, and the quality of our hair is often a reflection of the...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice