Friday, August 23, 2019

The Health Benefits of Vitamin D

Most people know that they need vitamin D and that it comes naturally from the sun’s rays, milk products, fish and cod liver oil, but they may not understand how far-reaching the benefits of this important nutrient are. Kathy Ryland, of the Herb Shop, in Moore, reveals the extent to which vitamin D is good for the body and mind. “Vitamin D helps with depression—many people are aware of that—but it also maintains the function of the nervous system; aids in the absorption of calcium; and keeps the bones strong, dense and healthy,” she explains.

Ryland also notes that vitamin D has been shown to suppress cancer growth in breast, colon and prostate cancer, as well as reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s. “Other benefits that have recently been discovered are improved muscle function, suppressed appetite, reduced insulin levels, improved serotonin levels, and enhanced immune system,” contends Ryland. She cautions consumers to choose carefully when picking out a vitamin D supplement and recommends seeking advice from a professional.

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