Thursday, April 6, 2017

Your Bones Need Vitamin D – Do You Know Why?

When it comes to taking good care of the bones, most people know that they need adequate calcium. This mineral, after all, is the building block of bones. However, there is still some mystery regarding the role played by Vitamin D. What is this nutrient and why is it important for bone health? Let’s find out!

What is Vitamin D?

It is a fat-soluble nutrient which helps the body absorb important minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc. While there are several types of this Vitamin, the most common variants are Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol).

Why is it important for bones?

· An adequate supply of Vitamin D is important for maintaining bone density and strength.
· Lack of Vitamin D leads to calcium-depleted bone, which increases the risk of fractures.
· Vitamin D helps in absorption of calcium from the intestines.
· Regular intake of calcium along with Vitamin D as part of a well-balanced diet may reduce the risk of Osteoporosis.

Signs of Vitamin D deficiency

· Feeling tired or sad all the time
· Chronic joint pain or backache
· Weakened muscles
· Reduced stamina
· Delayed wound healing
· Gradual loss of bone density

Top sources of Vitamin D

1. Sunlight: Your skin can produce Vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight. Try to get some sunlight early in the morning for just 20 minutes.

2. Fish: Oily fish like mackerel is rich in Vitamin D as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, both of which work together to reduce inflammation in the bones and associated muscles.

3. Milk: It is a popular source of Vitamin D. 1 glass of fortified milk contains about 100IU of this Vitamin D.

4. Eggs: It is the most convenient way of getting Vitamin D. Since the Vitamin content is not that high, it would be unwise to rely solely on eggs.

5. Cod liver oil: The oil derived from the liver of cod fish is an excellent source of vitamin D. Just one teaspoon of cod liver oil will give you enough vitamin D for the day.  

By Dr. Shabtab Khalid

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