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What Does Vitamin D Do For Your Body
Active hormone: Hi. Vitamin D per se has no direct effect in the body. Vitamin D is 25-hydroxylated in the liver. 25-hydroxyvitamin D is converted to the active hormone, calcitriol, in a tightly regulated step in the kidneys. Calcitriol is the active agent. It regulates gene expression in target tissues (gut, bone, muscle, etc). Calcitriol helps with calcium homeostasis, bone & muscle health, balance, etc. ...Read more
Vitamin D benefits: Vitamin D can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, & even some cancers. Because many of us can't get enough from the sun, taking a supplement may be a good idea for some. Get your levels checked at your next check-up so you'll know if you need more. (Ref. bhg.com) ...Read more
Energy catalysts: They can be compared with spark plugs that ignite gasoline. Your food has to be oxidized (burned) to release cellular energy. Every cell in the body/brain (particularly brain) requires all the vitamins (vital to life) and minerals.Without any of them we become sick and eventually die. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excreted in urine ;: The government requirement for minimum levels of vit d is too low. This is the level you need to prevent rickets! you need to have your vitamin d level checked in your blood. When you replace vitamin d with supplements you need to take vitamin d3. Excess vit d that is not absorbed will go out in your stool and urine. ...Read more
Essential for body: Vitamins are essential for the proper functioning of our body and we are deficient in any of these, than it can cause certain biseases like beriberi, ricketts, anemia, blindness , scurvy and many other conditions so if you are not getting enogh vitamins in your diet than you supplement with multivitamin tablets thhey are very important for maintainance of health. ...Read more
Protects..: From photo-aging, also this effects is much better applying oil to the skin. Also a skin softener! ...Read more
Calcium/Vit D3: You need sunlight to convert cholesterol in your skin to vit d3 which your body uses to bring calcium into the bones. Not enough calcium and your bones become brittle, not enough d3 and you get 'soft' bones/rickets which can lead to fractures. If you are low then take d3 wait one hour then eat 2 non fat yogurts 2x/day. Each yogurt gives 800mg of calcium. ...Read more
It's fake: B17 is a fictitious vitamin. It was the basis of the most vicious of all cancer scams -- laetrile -- which created over 100 new millionaires during the 1970s. Everything you read about it being beneficial to your health is a cynical lie. Please be discerning, Anton. Don't reward these people's deceiving you with even a small amount of your honestly-earned money. ...Read more
How does iron and vitamin d deficiency affect my body. What can I do. Besides supliments. To bring my levels up?
Bone health & more: Vitamin D & calcium are involved in bone health eg prevention of rickets & osteoporosis - check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/health-tip/art-20048544. The heart, muscles & nerves also need calcium to function properly - check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/calcium-supplements/art-20047097 ...Read more
Healthy diet: The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin d are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Some mushrooms provide vitamin d2 in variable amounts. Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals often contain added vitamin d, as do some brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine and other food products. ...Read more
Skin tone, eyesight: Vitamin a is essential for healthy eyes and skin. It exists naturally in liver, butter, lean meat, and eggs; and its precursor, beta-carotene, is in colorful vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach. So if you eat a healthy diet, you're getting plenty and don't need supplements. Also, too much vitamin a can cause liver & other health problems - also birth defects if you're pregnant. ...Read more
Skin and vitamins: Vit e applied topically can cause an allergic contact dermatitis. Vit e was believed to improve scar appearance but it can actually worsen scar appearance, so no topical vit e. Vit c topically may help lighten dark spots slightly, but not significantly and can have some limited antiaging properties. The hype is bigger than the benefits unfortunately. Getting enough of both in diet is important. ...Read more
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