Vitamin D is responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D works like a hormone, and our cells have a receptor for it. In humans, the most important compounds in this group are vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol).
The body produces it from cholesterol when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
It is importante to keep a healthy level of vitamin D. It has a significant role in calcium homeostasis and metabolism. Its discovery was due to effort to find the dietary substance lacking in children with rickets (the childhood form of osteomalacia). Also, there are studies showing that maintaining adequate levels of this vitamin may have a protective effect and lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). A number of studies have shown that people who get more sun exposure and vitamin D in their diet have a lower risk of MS.
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Keep a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, physical exercise and sun exposure can be enough to keep you healthy. However, it’s important that you speak to your doctor and get your blood levels measured.
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