The importance of vitamin D

When we think of vitamin D, we think of the vital nutrient supplied by the sun to nourish our bodies. While it’s true the sun is a major source of vitamin D, we must remember that during the short, cold days of the winter months it’s less likely that we are going to absorb the proper dosage. Therefore, you may want to consider vitamin D supplements.

Photo by Christine Kelly

Sometimes some sun and a little vitamin D go a long way.  Photo by Christine Kelly.

Vitamin D may be one of the most important nutrients that our body needs to prevent all types of disease and strengthen our long-term immunity. According to Dr. Cedric F. Garland, professor of preventive medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, approximately 600,000 yearly cases of breast and colorectal cancers could be prevented worldwide if people increased their vitamin D intake. Dr. William B. Grant, Ph. D and Director of Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center, discovered that about 30 percent of cancer fatalities worldwide could be prevented with increased levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D works to prevent cancer and is beneficial for a healthy immune system. People with severe vitamin D deficiency are more prone to suffer respiratory infections than those with adequate levels.

Dr. Adit Ginde, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine said, “We think that if you’re exposed to a virus and you have sufficient vitamin D, those cells will be better equipped to fight off that organism so you don’t get an infection.” People who lack the proper amount of vitamin D are more likely to catch a cold or infection or something worse.

Adding vitamin D supplements to your diet may be necessary during winter months. If Caribbean sunlight isn’t available, pick up some vitamin D supplements at your local pharmacy today.