Thursday, March 31, 2011

Inadequate Vitamin D Affects One Third Of Americans

One third of Americans aged at least 1 year are at risk of inadequate vitamin D levels and 8% are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, a new report issued by the National Center for Health Statistics revealed. The report added that 1% had excessive blood levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, it is a steroid vitamin. Individuals who are exposed to normal quantities of sunlight directly onto the skin generally get plenty of vitamin D, because sunlight encourages adequate vitamin D synthesis in the skin.

Vitamin D is also an immune system regulator, it helps keep our bones healthy, it may reduce multiple sclerosis risk, it likely helps keep the brain working well later in life, experts believe it helps us maintain a healthy body weight, it can reduce frequency and severity of asthma symptoms, it has been shown to reduce rheumatoid arthritis risk in women, it probably protects us from low level radiation damage, and has cancer protecting qualities (click here to read about this in more detail).

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