The nutrient that acts like a hormone – “The body synthesizes it after sun exposure, and it’s activated by the liver and kidneys. That activated form acts like a hormone to regulate calcium metabolism.”
Important for improved resistance and healthy immune function against diseases:
reducing your risk of
multiple sclerosis, according to a 2006 study decreasing your chance of developing
heart disease, according to a 2008 study helping to reduce your likelihood of developing
viral infections like the flu, according to 2010 research Regulates calcium and phosphorus absorption
Regulates of calcium balance and uptake from bones (as active form Calcitrol)
helps prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain
this study , scientists found that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression In
this study of people with fibromyalgia, researchers found vitamin D deficiency was more common in those who were also experiencing anxiety and depression
The “sunshine vitamin” – produced in your skin when your body is directly exposed to sunlight
Best sources fish,
eggs and fortified foods:
salmon, sardines, shrimp
milk (fortified), cereal (fortified), yogurt (fortified), orange juice (fortified)
D3 is the best supplement type as it is the most potent
Mushrooms in particular maitake mushroom
Nut and seed sources
Absorption and function notes
Fat soluble – fat enhances absorption
Rickets (children), Osteomalacia (adults); Liver and kidney disorders; Osteoporosis
Conversion both from sunlight and diet to potent form (1,25-[OH]2D3) in liver –
liver health essential Estrogen and magnesium deficiencies play a role in conversion as does boron
Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common, however it has the
reatest potential to be toxic of fat soluble vitamins
Symptoms: irritability, joint pain See
this study and this article for more information on ensuring you get the right amount
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Bland, J., Costarella, L., Levin, B., Liska, D., Lukaczer, D., Schlitz, B., Schmidt, M., Lerman, R., Quinn, S., Jones, D. (2004).
Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach, Second Edition. Gig Harbor, WA: The Institute for Functional Medicine.
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