Yes, strong bones are what most people think of when naming the health benefits of vitamin D.
But don't sell this nutrient short just yet.
Numerous studies are showing that vitamin D benefits go way way WAY beyond what we once thought.
And no, I didn't stutter.
We've known for a long time now that vitamin D, along with help from other hormones and nutrients, helps maintain healthy bones.
But new research is showing us that there is a big health gap between optimal levels of vitamin D and the extreme deficiencies that cause rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults.
The bottom line – being even mildly deficient is having a negative impact on our health.
Low vitamin D levels are proving to be a major player when it comes to our most common diseases.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, depression, arthritis, birth defects, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, periodontal disease, obesity, and many different types of cancer (particularly breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers).
So even saying that vitamin D benefits are substantial seems like an understatement.
It plays a huge role in protecting us from many common diseases and ensuring that our immune systems are in peak condition.
So let's look at more information about this powerhouse vitamin.
Vitamin D facts - main functions of this incredible nutrient
Here's why odds are good you are vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms – too little of this vitamin causes serious health problems.
Vitamin D testing – here's what test you'll need to determine your vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D levels – here's what's low, normal and too high.
Natural vitamin D – buy the right kind of vitamin D supplement to reap the most benefits
Vitamin D Dosage – how much are you getting and how much do you need to reap the benefits of vitamin D?
Sources of vitamin D – the best ways to get this vitamin.
Vitamin D and sun exposure – how to maximize your vitamin D from the sun and why most sunscreen is unhealthy.
Magnesium and Vitamin D – most people don't know about this critical connection.
Vitamin D Absorption - having difficulties taking your vitamin D? Check out these recommendations.
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