Vitamin D is also called ‘’sunshine vitamin’’ because it is produced in the body in response to sunlight. This is a Fat-Soluble Vitamin which contains D-1, D-2, and D3, It has many important functions but most important is, it regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It makes your immune system strong enough to fight with viruses and bacteria.  

Here are some of the benefits of vitamin D.

  • FIGHTS DISEASE:

According to the research, vitamin D helps in reducing the risk of many diseases such as multiple sclerosis, also reduces the risks of heart diseases and also helps in curing with the flu.

  • DECREASES DEPRESSION:

Research shows that vitamin D also helps in regulating mood and reducing depression.  In one study, researchers found that people with depression decreased symptoms after taking vitamin D supplements.

There was another study that showed that people who had a deficiency of vitamin D, were suffering from anxiety, depression, and fibromyalgia.

  • HELPS IN WEIGHT LOSS:

If you want to reduce your weight, try adding vitamin D in your diet which will also help in reducing the risks of heart disease.

One study showed that people who took vitamin D supplements reduced their weight in comparison with the ones who were taking placebo. But if you take calcium and vitamin D in excess amount, it might suppress your appetite.

  • BONE HEALTH:

If you want to make your bones strong, must take vitamin D3 and calcium. Vitamin D3 regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus which add density and strength to your bones.

  • CONTROLS INSULIN:

Vitamin D3 also helps in making insulin by stimulating the pancreas which triggers the process. This helps diabetic patients to manage sugar level in blood.

  • CONTROLS BLOOD PRESSURE:

A study which was conducted in Boston University found that people with hypertension experienced a decrease in blood pressure when the intake of Vitamin D3 increased in them. Vitamin D reduces the concentration of Renin which is the enzyme secreted by kidneys and has a direct effect on blood pressure.

  • CANCER PREVENTION:

There is some evidence that vitamin D intake reduces the risk of prostate cancer, also it reduces the chances of colon cancers.

  • IMPROVES MOOD:

It has a significant effect on mood, it regulates the mood hence reduces depression and anxiety. Some people have a disorder known as a seasonal affective disorder, they feel happier when the sun shines because of the vitamin D production in their bodies which regulates the mood and helps in coping up with the depression.

  • HEART HEALTH:

It affects heart function as well, reduces the risks of heart diseases. Low levels of vitamin D increase the chances to have a heart attack on a person. However, there is no clear reason for it. Some researchers believe that vitamin D works as a ‘’heart tranquilizer’’ which improves cardiovascular endurance and keeping the heart muscles healthy and from growing too large which is the condition known as ‘’cardiomegaly’’, in this heart muscles get hypertrophied. This in turn, prevents heart muscles and ventricles from getting thick which can block blood flow and cause a heart attack.

Author's Bio: 

The author has written about the benefits of taking Vitamin D. Please consult your doctor first, this article is only for informative purposes.