Vitamin D Mushrooms
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You’ll have heard a lot about Vitamin D lately. It’s the sunshine vitamin – essential for health and happiness. Traditionally, we obtained our Vitamin D by working outside all day and for some people that’s still true. However an estimated 32% of New Zealanders have Vitamin D blood levels below those recommended by the Ministry of Health*. If you work at a desk, have darker skin, avoid the sun or are in the older age brackets, this is probably you.
Right – so what’s Vitamin D good for?
Vitamin D is one of core building blocks of health. Most of us know that it’s great for bones because it helps the body absorb calcium. But considerable research is being done into other health problems that Vitamin D may be beneficial in treating or preventing.
Assists in the absorption of nutrients, other vitamins and minerals – there are Vitamin D receptors on every organ in your body.
Prevents weakness of the muscular system, brittle bones and rickets (which is a skeletal deformity in children).
Helps prevent osteoporosis and arthritis.
Is thought to help regulate a whole lot of internal systems like blood pressure, insulin secretion, skin health, cardiovascular strength, muscle spasms, and even helps fight depression.
Can be used in the treatment of a host of diseases such as preeclampsia, cancer, diabetes, hyperparathyroidism, osteomalacia, hypophosphatemia, hypocalcaemia and renal osteodystrophy. You’ll know what these are if you have them.
Is thought to decrease cancer risk, particularly for colon cancer.
And more recently, it has been suggested that a lack of Vitamin D could be one of the environmental factors linked to multiple sclerosis (MS).
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