10 More Reasons to Take Vitamin D

1.) The flu – In a study published in the Cambridge Journals, it was discovered that 

vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory diseases. An intervention 

study conducted showed that vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory 

infections in children. 


2.) Muscle weakness – According to Michael F. Holick, a leading vitamin D expert, 

muscle weakness is usually caused by vitamin D deficiency because for skeletal 

muscles to function properly, their vitamin D receptors must be sustained by 

vitamin D. 


3.) Psoriasis – In a study published by the UK PubMed central, it was discovered 

that synthetic vitamin D analogues were found useful in the treatment of psoriasis. 


4.) Chronic kidney disease – According to Holick, patients with advanced chronic 

kidney diseases (especially those requiring dialysis) are unable to make the active 

form of vitamin D. These individuals need to take 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 or one 

of its calcemic analogues to support calcium metabolism, decrease the risk of renal 

bone disease and regulate parathyroid hormone levels. 


5.) Diabetes – A study conducted in Finland was featured in Lancet.com in which 

10,366 children were given 2000 international units (IU)/day of vitamin D3 per day 

during their first day of life. The children were monitored for 31 years and in all of 

them, the risk of type 1 diabetes was reduced by 80 percent. 


6.) Asthma – Vitamin D may reduce the severity of asthma attacks. Research 

conducted in Japan revealed that asthma attacks in school children were 

significantly lowered in those subjects taking a daily vitamin D supplement of 1200 

IU a day. 


7.) Periodontal disease – Those suffering from this chronic gum disease that 

causes swelling and bleeding gums should consider raising their vitamin D levels to 

produce defensins and cathelicidin, compounds that contain microbial properties 

and lower the number of bacteria in the mouth. 


8.) Cardiovascular disease – Congestive heart failure is associated with vitamin D 

deficiency. Research conducted at Harvard University among nurses found that 

women with low vitamin D levels (17 ng/m [42 nmol/L]) had a 67 percent 

increased risk of developing hypertension. 


9.) Schizophrenia and Depression – These disorders have been linked to vitamin 

D deficiency. In a study, it was discovered that maintaining sufficient vitamin D 

among pregnant women and during childhood was necessary to satisfy the vitamin 

D receptor in the brain integral for brain development and mental function 

maintenance in later life. 


10.) Cancer – Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington 

DC discovered a connection between high vitamin D intake and reduced risk of 

breast cancer. These findings, presented at the American Association for Cancer 

Research, revealed that increased doses of the sunshine vitamin were linked to a 

75 percent reduction in overall cancer growth and 50 percent reduction in tumor 

cases among those already having the disease. Of interest was the capacity of 

vitamin supplementation to help control the development and growth of breast 

cancer specially estrogen-sensitive breast cancer


List courtesy of: Dr Einstein Medical Centres