Vitamin D

Vitamin D is both a hormone and a fat-soluble vitamin. The major functions include:

  • Necessary for absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus
  • Needed for growth and development of the bones and teeth in children
  • Protects against muscle weakness
  • Regulation of heart beat
  • Prevention and treatment of breast and colon cancer, osteoarthritis osteoporosis and hypocalcemia
  • Enhances immunity
  • Support thyroid function and normal blood clotting

Vitamin D absorbed from food needs conversion by the liver and kidney. We get it mainly from exposure to the suní»s ultraviolet rays which transform a cholesterol compound in the skin into a precursor of vitamin D

Major Deficiency Syndromes:

  • Rickets in children
  • Osteomalacia in adults

Lesser Degree Deficiency Syndromes:

  • Poor appetite
  • Burning sensation in mouth and throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Visual disorders
  • Weight loss