Despite of the sun shining daily on our heads, Indians are being seen to suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. According to Dr Michael Holick, Endocrinologist and global authority on Vitamin D therapy low Vitamin D levels are is reaching epidemic proportions in the country and is a matter of concern.
What Is Vitamin D
For those who do not know, Vitamin D is a steroid Hormone and are of two kinds, Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. While we get Vitamin D2 from food items, Vitamin D3 is produced by our body itself with the presence of sunlight. Both these Vitamins are equally important for us.
Vitamin D Deficiency: Here Is Why You Should Worry
1. Not A Simple Vitamin
According to recent studies, around 65-70 percent of Indians are Vitamin D deficient and another 15 percent are insufficient. People often think Vitamin D is a simple vitamin, but that is an absolutely wrong thinking. Vitamin D is a steroid hormone, and has the ability to impact every cell in the body. Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin itself when it is exposed to sunshine.
2. Can Harm Bone Health
Deficiency of Vitamin D3 can actually prove out to be very harmful for one’s bones. It can lead to the bones turning soft, thin and brittle.
3. Can Cause High Risk Diseases
Most of us know that this vitamin is important for Bones, but it is also very important for our heart, brain, immune function and much more. It is very important to maintain satisfactory vitamin D levels to avoid any chances of getting any high risk diseases like, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and infections such as tuberculosis.
According to Dr Holick- “It is also observed that high level of Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases”
Maximum Indians Suffer From Vitamin D Deficiency – Show Studies
According to Major General (Retd) Dr Raman K Marwaha, Eminent Endocrinologist, Former Additional Director and Head (INMAS) and President, Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ISBMR), – “We have undertaken two major studies involving Indian children in the age group of 11-15 years, which were published in Osteoporosis International and British Journal of Dermatology. It was found that despite exposure to sun for 30 minutes every day for 30 days during summer and winter, it did not achieve the level of Vitamin D, which is considered to be adequate for sound bone health. And that is the reason why I feel that it is important to supplement Vitamin D in Indian conditions during summer, especially in winter to achieve adequate levels of Vitamin D.”
Awesome Sources Of Vitamin D
Let’s know some really good sources of Vitamin D. Start including them your daily diet from today.
Sunlight– Exposure to sunlight every day in the morning or mid evening can help you get your daily intake of Vitamin D3.
Cod liver oil– We get it from the liver of the cod fish. It is considered to be very healthy and can help in easing joint pains. It is also available in form of capsule form or oil.
Mushrooms – heard of dried shitake mushrooms? These are a brilliant source of Vitamin D3. And to add one more advantage it is very low in calorie so one can consume it daily.
Salmon – Another awesome source of D3 and is also very rich in Omega 3 and protein.
Sunflowers Seeds – Rich in monounsaturated fats and protein and also good source of Vitamin D3.
Make sure you get enough of the sun, as it will not only give you Vitamin D3 but will also make you happy. Yes, its true lack of sun exposure can make you SAD, heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder? This mostly happens during the monsoon and winters when we do not get adequate sun exposure. Exposing yourself to the sun can help you stay active and going always.