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THE BENEFITS OF D VITAMIN TO HEALTH

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EIGHT BENEFITS ASSOCIATED TO D VITAMIN

1) HEALTHIER BABIES

Low levels of D vitamin during pregnancy mean low levels of the nutrient to the future baby — what may bring about a series of problems. A study of the University of Pittsburgh, United States, showed the failure of D vitamin make women to give birth to under weigh babies, once in the absence of the nutrient, the calcium absorption is harmed and bone growing is reduced. Other British research showed that children of mothers with low levels of D vitamin have 5% more chances of developing multiple sclerosis during adult years.

2) PREVENT BONE FRACTURES IN ELDERLY PEOPLE

D vitamin is particularly beneficial to elderly people. A Swiss study showed that 20 micrograms of the nutrient a day help to prevent fractures in elderly people, once the vitamin helps the absorption of calcium, making bones stronger. According to other assessment carried out in Denmark, the ingestion of calcium and D vitamin supplements makes elderly people to have longer life expectation, by reducing in 9% the chances of death within a three-year period.

3) COMBAT DIABETES

D vitamin may be an ally in the combat against type 2 diabetes. On an interview at the book ‘The Healing Power of Sunlight & Vitamin D’, the doctor Michael Holick states that the absence of the substance may worsen the effects of the type 2 diabetes. That is because D vitamin regulates the secretion of insulin by pancreas and may increase the sensibility to the hormone. Another German research says the anti-inflammatory properties of the vitamin protect the organism from the disease.

4) AVOID CANCER

According to Michael Holick in the book ‘The Healing Power of Sunlight & Vitamin D’, D vitamin is capable of regulating cells growing. That is why people living in countries where incidence of sunlight is shorter are more likely to contract some sorts of cancer due to a deficit in D vitamin.

5) STRENGTHEN IMMUNE SYSTEM

D vitamin is able to stimulate the natural defenses of the body, lowering the risk of infections. Reinforcing such argument, a study presented in the United States showed the reason why obese people have more allergies than fit people is the deficit in D vitamin — the relation between overweigh and deficit of the substance in the body has already been scientifically proved.

6) BENEFICIAL TO LUNGS

Some scientific studies have proved the contribution of D vitamin to the lungs health. According to an essay published at the ‘American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine’, in case of lung infection the nutrient is able to quicken the effects of drugs treatment. Other study at the University of Harvard in the United States showed that D vitamin has a protector effect against the harms produced by smoking in the lungs functions. According to the researchers the deficit in the nutrients damages even more the activity of smoker lungs.

7) REDUCE ALZHEIMER EFFECTS

According to a review of studies in Canada, the result  of cognitive tests with patients with Alzheimer deteriorated when the D vitamin concentration was low. Scientists do not know yet, however, what condition brings about the other — whether the deficit in D vitamin cause Alzheimer, or the contrary.

8) PREVENT HEART DISEASES 

Scientists from the University of Denmark monitored over 10.000 people for 29 years and found risk of heart attack and death increase when there is deficit in D vitamin in the body. The nutrient takes part in controlling contractions of heart muscles. Besides that, when their levels are low, calcium may accumulate in the internal walls of the arteries, favoring the formation of plaques which increase the probability of heart attacks and strokes.
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