Vitamin D is essential to emotional and physical health, but it isn’t a vitamin at all. Vitamin D is a prohormone (this means a substance from which other hormones are created), and it is essential to good health for several reasons.
You may have heard that it helps with strong teeth and bones, and that’s true, but it is necessary for so much more. What is the importance of vitamin D?
Where Does Vitamin D Come From?
One beautiful thing about vitamin D is it is free for all. That is because the sun is our main source. The human body is capable of creating vitamin D after just a few minutes of sun exposure. That’s right—sun on your skin actually creates vitamin D. So make sunshine a daily priority.
Lack of Vitamin D
To understand vitamin D’s importance, we must first understand the consequences of not getting enough of it. When a person is vitamin D deficient, a lot of things begin to go wrong. Low vitamin D has recently been linked to cancer and thyroid disease. There is also a link between low vitamin D and brain disorders, like depression, but doctors are unsure why. Bone diseases such as rickets are caused by vitamin D deficiency.
Pregnant women deficient in vitamin D run a higher risk of getting preeclampsia or giving birth before the baby is at term. They are also more likely to get gestational diabetes. Vitamin D deficiency in young children has been linked to high blood pressure and stiff arteries. It’s also been linked to:
- Weakened immune system
- Soft, brittle bones
- Hair loss
- Low mood
- Impaired wound healing
- Bone and back pain
- Muscle pain
Prolonged deficiency may result in:
- Prostate, breast, and colon cancer
- Autoimmune problems
- Pregnancy complications
- Cardiovascular problems
Vitamin D Importance
Now that we know what not having enough of the sunshine vitamin does let’s focus on the great things a good amount can do for you. Vitamin D is essential for good health from the very moment of conception—that means before you were ever born, vitamin D has played a role in your development. But what else does vitamin D do?
- Vitamin D keeps calcium and phosphorus at optimum levels. When a person consumes calcium, vitamin D is responsible for helping the intestines absorb it. This leads to strong bones, teeth, and heart.
- Vitamin D plays a vital role in nerves getting messages to the brain.
- Vitamin D is a key factor in immune health. A robust immune system and normal levels of vitamin D are linked. Without enough sunshine vitamin, the immune system cannot fight off bacteria and viruses, and wounds take longer to heal.
- Vitamin D also plays a big role in hormone health. It has been linked to the pituitary gland, parathyroid health, and estrogen production.
There are sources besides the sun that contain vitamin D. Vitamin and mineral supplements, like ASEA® Via Source whole food supplements, are a great choice to boost Vitamin D intake.* You can also find vitamin D in:
- Fatty fish
- Egg yolks
- Beef liver
- Fortified milk
- Vitamin-fortified cereals
Cellular Health and Vitamin D
Recently, scientists have been studying the effects of vitamins, minerals, and hormones on cellular health. Why only recently? Because modern advances in technology have enabled them to study the microscopic nuances of cellular communication. In addition to supplementing with vitamins and minerals, for the body to work at peak performance, it requires good cellular health, which depends on good cellular communication.
When a cell is functioning properly and grows old, it releases a redox molecule to signal the genes that it is ready to be replaced. The genes and DNA work together to ensure that the old cell is replaced with a new, healthy cell. Supplementing with vitamins and minerals helps keep cells healthy. Adding a redox signaling supplement, like ASEA® Redox, helps give the body more of the molecules needed to ensure optimum health.*
Take Control of Your Health
So now that you know more about vitamin D importance start focusing on adding it to your daily routine. And don’t forget to incorporate ASEA® products into your daily supplements as well. It is time to start living life to the fullest, and the first place to start is your health.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.