Benefits of Vitamin D3

Vitamin d3 is a fat soluble vitamin, which exists in three forms, as calcitriol, calcifediol and cholecalciferol. Vitamin D is present in humans and animals as vitamin D3 and in plants as vitamin D2.

When we expose ourselves to the sun, a series of chemical reactions takes place. The cholesterol in the skin gets converted to pre vitamin D3. This pre vitamin undergoes various chemical reactions in the kidneys and liver to form vitamin D.

Vitamin D3 not only helps in preventing different types of cancers, it also helps in cancer treatment. People who have sufficient stores of vitamin D3 in their body have lower incidence of breast, lung, stomach and prostate cancer.

Vitamin D3 is extremely important for a women’s health. Vitamin D3 prevents the formation of ovarian cysts and  helps to regularize menstrual cycles. This vitamin prevents the incidence of osteoporosis in women. Vitamin d3 also helps to strengthen the bones and muscles of the body.

Vitamin D3 strengthens the immune system and fights common infections like cold, cough and flu. People suffering from conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma have benefited from taking vitamin D3 supplements.

A little known fact about this vitamin is that it can be extremely effective in the fight against obesity.

Vitamin D3 also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Hence it can be used to treat skin conditions like skin lesions and psoriasis. Vitamin D3  helps to heal wounds faster. People living in cold climes who do not get enough sunlight should take vitamin D3 supplements on a regular basis.

The Recommended daily requirement of vitamin D3 for normal adults is about 200IU. Individuals over 50 years should get about 400IU of vitamin D3. A person need not take vitamin D3 supplements if he spends at least half an hour in the sun every day. During this period the body is able to obtain about 10,000IU of vitamin D3.

If you happen to be on vitamin D3 supplements take care not overdose yourself. Excessive amounts of vitamin D3 can do more harm to the body than good. Vitamin D3 overdose leads to loss of appetite, weight loss, irritability, fatigue, dehydration and nervousness. In extreme conditions it can even lead to the formation of kidney stones, lead to renal failure, hypertension and cardiac arrest.