Vitamin D deficiency – what to do?
Protection against cancer, fewer infections, a longer life – more and more studies prove that Vitamin D a real magic bullet in terms of beauty and health. Now the Sun Vitamin especially important to get through the cold season! What are symptoms of vitamin D deficiency and what can be done against vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D is thought to strengthen bones, protect against colds, and protect the cardiovascular system. The list of benefits that a single vitamin can do is impressive! How important is it to know the vitamin D value and what helps against a vitamin D deficiency?
“In fact, an adequate supply of viatmin D in Germany alone could reduce health care costs by quite a few billion euros,” explains Munich-based dermatologist Dr. Jürgen Ellwanger. In the past, the best-known disease caused by vitamin D deficiency was rickets, recognizable by deformed bones. Fortunately, this disease has almost died out in our country – the problem of the Deficiency supply however on the rise.
About 70 percent of Germans, according to the results of various studies, suffer from a significant undersupply with serious consequences. And: all age groups are affected. “Basically, a Vitamin D deficiency Involved in all known diseases of civilization. The spectrum ranges from diabetes to Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Yet it is so easy to protect yourself if, for example, you Food supplements is ingested,” says Dr. Ellwanger. But what exactly is vitamin D and where does it occur?
The sun hormone vitamin D
Actually, vitamin D is not a vitamin at all. The substance is more like a hormone that is produced by the body itself – with the help of sunlight, and more than 80 percent of it. You can help it along through your diet, but you would have to eat fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel in very large quantities.
The Formation of the vitamin then occurs in three steps. First, ultraviolet radiation from the sun converts provitamin D3 into vitamin D3. In the further course, it is metabolized together with D2 from food in the liver and finally converted in the kidney into the actually active vitamin dihydroxyvitamin D3. It helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate from food in particular and is therefore especially important for strong bones and muscles – after all, suffers every second German woman over 50 suffers from osteoporosis.
Next to strengthens but it also quite significantly strengthens the Immune system and controls cell growth. Therefore it is also important for healthy skin. “A vitamin deficiency leads to dry skin, which is also prone to inflammation. A person is considered to be well supplied with vitamin D if at least 30 ng/ml can be detected in the blood,” emphasizes the dermatologist.
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