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Is Vitamin D Important?

By Dr Melyni Worth

As we head into winter, most of us anyway, let's remember the importance for an increased need for vitamin D in our diets to make up for a shortfall due to the lack of sun exposure. Lack of sun exposure also contributes to the fact that millions of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Vitamin D deficient patients are prone to muscle weakness because vitamin D is important for muscle function. Sometimes patients are misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Research at McGill University in Canada, as well as at the University of California and elsewhere has shown that Vitamin D acts as a natural antibiotic and can help boost the bodies natural defense against invading bacteria.

Vitamin D has also been shown to be effective in immune system support and important feature as we get into the colds and flu season. People with low Vitamin D levels are more likely to get an opportunistic infection that those with adequate or high vitamin D levels.

In fact it has been suggested that one reason so many people get sick during the winter months is due to the low levels of sunlight causing a reduction in the skin synthesis of vitamin D. So winter might be a very good time to increase your intake of Vitamin D.

 

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