You Could Be Deficient In This One Important Vitamin And Not Even Know It!

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However, others experience some fairly serious medical conditions related to a lack of vitamin D including:

  • High Blood Pressure – This common problem has been linked to deficiencies in magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
  • Asthma – Studies have shown that supplementing with 1,200 IU each day of vitamin D reduces asthma attacks, as well as their severity.
  • Heart Disease – One report, published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, found that heart disease is far more common in those who are deficient in vitamin D. This study also found that children who suffered from severe heart failure responded very well to vitamin D supplementation.
  • Depression – Several studies have linked a vitamin D deficiency to depression and other mental illnesses. Other studies have found that pregnant women who received plenty of vitamin D, reduced the chances her unborn child would develop mental problems or depression later in their lives.
  • Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gums which causes intense pain, bleeding, and, eventually, tooth loss. Studies have proven that vitamin D helps with the formation of cathelicidins and defensins, which lower the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth, and can delay or inhibit this disease.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – This devastating disease causes systemic inflammation, joint damage, and severe pain. Studies show that while vitamin D cannot reverse this disease, it can help to ease the pain and stiffness that comes with RA.
  • Diabetes – The World’s Healthiest Foods states that poor control of blood sugar levels is a symptom of a vitamin D deficiency. This can increase the risk of developing diabetes.
  • Multiple Sclerosis – Numerous studies have proven that geography really does matter when it comes to the odds of developing MS. The farther away from the equator a person lives, and the less sunlight a person receives, the greater the chances that a person will develop MS.
  • Cancer – Although it doesn’t seem possible that cancer could be a symptom of a vitamin D deficiency, numerous studies show this to be true. Several cancers are linked to a deficiency in this vitamin including prostate cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. This link is so strong that even the Mayo Clinic lists dosing levels for both cancer prevention and prostate cancer treatment.

 

SEE ALSO: How To Fight With Vitamin D Deficiency Infographic

 

Make no doubt about it, vitamin D deficiency is a serious disease causing concern. Your doctor can check your blood levels of vitamin D, so if you have any doubt that you might be low, a simple blood test can confirm this for you.

References:

www.mayoclinic.org

www.ajcn.nutrition.org

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