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Vitamin D: Deficiency Causes and Benefits

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Vitamin D has begun to be a hot topic, especially when it comes to supplements. In 2006 vitamin D supplements were recorded at $75 Million dollars in sales and in 2010 it was estimated at 550 million! Just imagine what it is like in 2013. It is clear that there is a huge demand for vitamin D but why the huge explosion? The answer is simple. It is a natural and free cure to many of today's epidemic ailments. While it is well known that the sun is the main provider of Vitamin D there are many other sources that can boost your intake, such as:

  • Tuna

  • Egg yolks

  • Salmon

  • Mackerel

  • Shiitake mushrooms

  • Fortified dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt)

  • Sardines

  • Cod liver oil

  • Sunlight

One may ask the question “what are the benefits of having vitamin D in my diet?” This is a great question, and science thought so too. Many studies have been conducted and continue to be each day and the results are staggering. Research has proven that individuals who consume healthy amounts of vitamin D on a regular basis are likely to have:

  • Prevention of osteoporosis and arthritis.

  • Reduced high blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, by ensuring active blood flow throughout the body.

  • Prevention or elimination of diabetes altogether, by regulating the body's blood sugar levels.

  • Reduces inflammation and increases healing time, thus becoming immune to the common colds or viruses.

  • Reduces allergies and can even cure active allergies.

  • Strengthens the teeth, roots become deeper and also prevents cavities.

  • Diminishes depression, and allows anyone to continue living a happier more enjoyable life.

  • Regulates cholesterol therefore eliminating needless medications.

  • Improves balance and strengthens the bones.

  • Increases memory retention and decreases the risk of MS (multiple sclerosis) and tuberculosis.

After acknowledging just some of the advantages one can attain by incorporating more vitamin D into their diet, the question is obvious. What causes Vitamin D deficiency? And though the answer may be simple, vitamin D deficiency is currently an epidemic. It is estimated that 1 billion people are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D. So what is the answer? To some it is apparent “get more vitamin D!” Yes, they are correct and yes that would help. But to others, it can be a challenge and mean beginning from the ground up. Factors that can lead to somone having low vitamin D could be:


Age can affect us in many ways, however when it comes to Vitamin D as we age our body decreases in how much of the vitamin can be absorbed by the sun.


Additionally, diet and nutrition is a vital ingredient in acquiring sufficient amounts of vitamin D. As mention in the beginning of this article, it is possible to gather this vitamin through eatable sources. If it is difficult to incorporate meals into one’s schedule, supplementation can be used to fortify the essential vitamin D needs. On average, it is claimed that humans should consume 400-4,000 IU of vitamin D each day. To view how much vitamin D is in the essential sources mentioned above you can visit DietTitans.com, which provides easy-to-understand IU charts. This can help anyone keep track of how much vitamin D they are consuming in a day.


A fair or light skinned person is able to absorb vitamin D more quickly. Although, a dark skinned individual may need 3-5 times the amount of sun exposure to acquire the same amount of vitamin D; because their body has a natural defense against the sun. Nature is truly perfect, if you look at the Earth you would see that the darker pigmentation occurs mainly around the equator. While you go further North, you notice more fair skinned people. Why? Those closest to the equator have the most intense sun exposure, while the fair-skinned individual up North, does not have the same exposure of sun strength and are able to produce and absorb the vitamin more quickly.

Limited Sun Exposure

It is known world wide that the sun produces vitamin D, the sun is natural. However, people have the misconception that the sun causes cancer. This statement couldn’t be farther from the truth. How is it that the sun has been around for billion of years but cancer has only recently (100 years) become an epidemic? People are limiting their exposure to the sun, and have become fearful and thus stay inside which completely ruins the body's ability to absorb and store the needed vitamin. Yes, the sun can burn you if you do not take precaution. In order to have a healthy dose of vitamin D it is wise to have small bursts of sun exposure several times throughout the day and/or week. 15 minute intervals works best, this allows the body to absorb the vitamin, while keeping you protected.

While these can be factors that contribute to a society that is deficient in vitamin D, with the right education and the correct action virtually anyone can eliminate the side effects from a lack in their diet. If you are reading this article chances are that you understand the importance of vitamin D and it's beneifits. Hopefully after some further research you take the next step and begin to include some of these tips to enhance the quality of your life.



Dec 5, 2013 5:15am

Dec 12, 2013 7:06pm
Good information, lack of vitamin also causes low bone density. Which add to a very real risk of bones being broken easier especially from a fall or unusual movement.
We need vitamin D to strengthen our bones, yogurt, milk, and cheese are good for this.
Nice article with helpful information.
Dec 13, 2013 5:06am
Thank you, I should add your information as it would give more body to the article. I appreciate your comment and am glad you found the information helpful.
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