Vitamin D at a Glance

 Vitamin D at a Glance

Take for example an adult that has less vitamin D is at high risk of developing osteoporosis. At the same time, children who lack vitamin might suffer from rickets. As a consequence, there is a deformity in the bone structure wherein osteoporosis usually affects the back while rickets affects the legs of the children.

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The proper amount of vitamin D, in turn, has many benefits for the body. Aside from better absorption of calcium in the intestines, the phosphorous amount in the blood is also regulated. Soft tissue calcification which is primarily a function of Vitamin K can also be assisted by this vitamin. There are also some studies that prove that the vitamin is able to control the release of parathyroid hormones. With all these benefits, it is very important that such a vitamin is properly imbibed by the body.

This vitamin is usually portrayed in a more common term called calciferol but there are actually several different forms of this vitamin. This has recently been attracting a lot of attention since the ‘discovery’ of the connection between Vitamin D and stronger bones. There are actually commercial varieties of such vitamins, but there are still some who enjoys basking in sunlight for their daily dose of Vitamin D. There are also some who take in their vitamins as foods that naturally contain vast amounts of such.

Vitamin D Foods

There are many vitamin d foods and food products that would be able to provide Vitamin D suggested for both children and adults. Countries like the US have already products that are able to supply the body with a part of a daily need of Vitamin D. In children and adults until 50, the recommended amount is about 200 IU per day while older adults would require double (400 IU) and those above 70 requires about 600 per day. These figures would not likely be met with just basking in the sun.

Two glasses of Vitamin D fortified milk would already account for the daily need. But older adults would require more. Thus, the diet is modified to ensure that the required amount is met. Now, these foods do not need fortification. There are foods that are naturally fortified with Vitamin D due to the presence of ‘sunshine’ one way or another.

Among the most common that contains the highest amounts of Vitamin D are fatty fishes. Take for example an 85 g Catfish, which can already give off 425 IU of such vitamin. Now, this already means double the amount required for children and adults, and a little over the amount required for those between 50 and 70 years old. Other foods that are rich in such vitamins are Catfish, Tuna, Sardines, beef liver, and even egg.

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