8 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency you need to Know
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by Dr. Mariangel Leota
Nowadays it is increasingly frequent to find natural alternatives for several health problems, of course I do not say that they are miraculous treatments that replace your medication for example, but there are options that could help you a lot.
Well, why at the end of 2018, from the start of 2019, are there those who study and implement these alternatives? Well the answer is not simple but the main reason is to try to help all those people that conventional medicine has not been able to, wait! I’m not saying that traditional medicine does not work, on the contrary if it works and has saved millions of lives throughout its history, however there are patients and there are diseases that do not always respond in the expected way and that’s when the patient feels that has no options, this is where alternative treatments enter: “In desperate situations, desperate measures”, no? Well, it really should not be like this, the alternative care available to undertake the paths of prevention of various diseases, however many people know about its existence and application after the failure of their conventional therapies.
Habitually chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases among others warrant long periods of treatment and in the course of this time arise side effects or complications that hinder the effectiveness of the treatment, causing distress to patients and relatives.
Well, not everything is so bad and that’s why in my hands is to show you alternatives not only to help in the management of chronic diseases but also to avoid them so that you and your family have a better quality of life. At this point you will ask what I have to offer you today? Well today I introduce you to Vitamin D and the benefits that accompany it, if as you read it, a vitamin, and good what is special about Vitamin D with respect to the others? Well it’s time to get comfortable while you read everything I have for you today.
First of all, there is a general idea that the vitamins are in the vegetables and other foods that we consume and as a common point: They are necessary to keep you healthy, all this is true, but what are the vitamins and what do they really serve?
Vitamins are heterogeneous compounds that act as cofactors in many enzymatic reactions of metabolism therefore they are indispensable for life, another important fact is that the body does not synthesize them but it obtains them through food intake, that is, we must provide them . Vitamins are essential for the catalysis of many physiological processes, some even act in the mediation of hormonal processes. The daily needs of vitamins are minimal if we compare them with the needs of other nutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins for example, however that small amount is necessary to maintain homeostasis. A deficiency of vitamins is called hypovitaminosis on the contrary an excess of them is known as hypervitaminosis.
There are many vitamins with certain functions therefore for a better study they were classified according to their characteristics in common, this is how we have 13 vitamins classified in water soluble, those soluble in water and liposoluble those that are soluble in lipids, our protagonist of today, the Vitamin D, is a fat-soluble vitamin to this group also belong vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K.
Vitamin D has forms and the most important for humans are vitamin D² or also called Ergocalciferol and vitamin D³ known as cholecalciferol. Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets, bone weaknessin children, its absence or low levels are associated with nutritional disorders: malnutrition, anorexia, bulimia; people with chronic diseases such as gastric cancer, colorectal cancer among others.
How does vitamin D work?
Vitamin D intervenes in the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus by catalyzing the absorption reactions which allow the osteoclasts and osteoblasts to function properly and in turn also help maintain the vitality of the teeth.
Although our body does not generate vitamins it happens that with the case of vitamin D³ it is produced by the organism in a natural way when the skin is exposed to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun.
Curiously, both presentations of this vitamin, that is, vitamin D² and D³ inside the organism, are transformed into 25-hydroxyvitamin D. Vitamin D obtained from food is not useful in that way, that is why it is transformed by biochemical processes in the liver, a Once it is 25-hydroxyvitamin D it is transported in blood and reaches the kidneys where it is modified. This time, 1,2-dihydroxyvitamin D or Calcitriol is obtained. This is the active or functional form of vitamin D in the body.
The above is of vital importance because only knowing the effect they generate in our body will we be able to recognize their importance. So summarizing a bit, we have that vitamin D, is obtained from the diet and in other small amounts of sun exposure, and undergoes biochemical processes to become metabolically active and that is how it acts as a cofactor or mediator of physiological processes .
In what foods is vitamin D found?
Fatty fish: red salmon, tuna, sardine, blue fish (trout, horse mackerel): they have high levels of vitamin D, a ration could provide up to 80% of the daily requirements, in addition to being rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Cod liver oil: It is obtained from Atlantic cod, is rich in vitamin D, omega 3, has been shown to help improve brain capacity, has such a concentration of vitamin D that a single spoonful a day is enough to satisfy the daily demand.
Eggs: They are foods rich in nutrients, vitamin D is in the yolk, you can consume it the way you like most.
Milk: Commercial milk is subjected to pasteurization processes and also add vitamins, studies reveal that these vitamins if they can be absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, for this reason the FDA approved in the past years the addition of vitamin D to milk and other drinks. Check the nutritional table to check if they are fortified drinks if they are consumed, always remembering that they are without added sugars, fats and preservatives. Here we also include soy milk, an option for vegans or lactose intolerant, soy milk is an alternative for you and contributes about 20% of daily vitamin D needs per 200cc.
Yogurts: Well, yogurt is associated with calcium intake but fortified yogurts include vitamins, including vitamin D, and each serving of 150 grams provides 20% of the daily needs of vitamin D.
Cheeses: You must consume those that are not very mature, fresh cheeses and in moderate amounts, they contribute 13% of the daily requirements of vitamin D you can include them in your breakfast, salads in your lunch or as a healthy snack.
Seafood: Prawns, prawns, oysters, clams, their meats are rich in vitamin D and can meet daily needs by at least 50% for every 100 grams consumed.
Mushrooms: Shiitake mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, mushrooms contain high levels of vitamin D, in the form of Ergosterol, useful for the organism once exposed to sunlight.
If you are in a conventional food plan you can include the foods that I mentioned above as follows:
Breakfast: Omelet of eggs with tomato and spinach + a glass of milk
Lunch: a tuna steak accompanied by asparagus
Dinner: vegetable salad with pieces of cheese
Snacks: Yogurt with nuts.
Keep in mind that you have a wide variety of foods rich in vitamin D that you can include in your diet routine.
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Vitamin D and cancer
Nowadays, several epidemiological studies have focused on the benefits of vitamin D and its relationship with diseases. For example, in the case of cancer, it was found that people with high vitamin D levels and high levels of vitamin D had less risk for certain types of cancers.
Although thousands of studies are not currently available regarding this, we should at least assess existing results, such as that high concentrations of vitamin D are associated with decreased risk of developing colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.
Although the results are inconclusive there is no reason to doubt the effectiveness of vitamin D, so that a study is conclusive involves years of research and evaluation of all possible aspects involved so taking into account all that, the fact that Initial studies showing such results is promising.
As always it is good that you remember to consult with your doctor and nutritionist in case you are under a special diet or medical treatment. In the same way, I recommend you incorporate vitamin D through food, this will help you to become aware of the value and care that your body deserves, the vitamin supplements if they contain what you need but leave them for when you really need them. Although vitamin D is not a cure for cancer, it is an effective alternative for prevention, in addition the high consumption of foods rich in vitamins D has been linked to healthy lifestyles, supported by other practices such as constant physical exercise and a diet rich in antioxidants. Finally incorporate these foods in moderation.