The vitamin D is a component that our body can synthesize autonomously and receive externally, ie by food. This vitamin is essential to absorb calcium and phosphorus, essential elements with which we ensure good health of our bones and teeth . And it seems that vitamin D is the only known hormone capable of properly stimulating the proteins involved in the intestinal absorption of calcium. One of the greatest benefits of this vitamin is associated with reducing the risk of fractures and falls. But it is not the only one since it has a positive impact on cardiovascular health , fertility, during pregnancy., some nervous pathologies and even as a complement to some cancer treatments.
This vitamin is closely related to the largest organ we have: the skin. The reason is that it is the skin where the synthesis process of vitamin D occurs . This close relationship has led research to see the effect of this component in the treatment of some dermatological diseases such as rosacea, psoriasis, acne, alopecia , vitiligo or atopic dermatitis. And is that patients with these diseases, if they have vitamin D deficiency or deficiency, tend to have more severe symptoms or worsening of the disease compared to those with a normal level.
One way to synthesize this vitamin is moderate sun exposure. You don’t need to tan intensively, much less burn yourself. It is enough that the sun gives us about 10 or 15 minutes every day. In front of it, as we have already pointed out, is the intake of foods that already contain it naturally . For example, we can find it in blue fish such as tuna, salmon or sardines, in the liver, mushrooms, yeast, egg yolks or cheeses. In addition to cheese, many dairy products, margarines or vegetable drinks are enriched with this vitamin.
Despite having the sun and several of these foods within reach, there are many people who have to take vitamin D supplements when they do not reach the basic levels. However, it is necessary to consult a specialist before starting to take any nutritional supplement or vitamin preparation; since going from one point to the extreme (excess) can be harmful.
We will know that we have an excess of this vitamin due to its symptoms such as: nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, constipation, weakness and weight loss