The latest discussion in the medical world is about Vitamin D deficiency, which exists even in a sunny country like India.
Vitamin D not only acts as a vitamin but is also a fat soluble hormone which is required for healthy bones among many other actions in the body. Its deficiency affects even the immune system causing hair loss, infections, anemia, cancer and diabetes. Vitamin D probably plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body weight, protection against damage from low levels of radiation. Low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of heart attack and early death & high vitamin D may increase the risk of heart attack and early death & high vitamin D doses can help people recover from tuberculosis more rapidly. Vitamin D, along with its numerous actions is important for healthy skin and hair growth too.
The uniqueness of this Vitamin is that adequate sunshine in our body is sufficient to manufacture this without the need for Vitamin D supplements. However, adults who have darker skin pigmentation or frequently wear sun protection during outdoor activities may be Vitamin D deficient. An abundance of melatonin in brown skin also prevents absorption of enough sun for producing sufficient amount of Vitamin D.
Shiny smooth glowing skin is an indicator of good health and requires good levels of Vitamin D. It it repairs skin damage & prevents infections that might be caused due to skin injuries and rejuvenates the skin. One of the effective treatments of psoriasis is vitamin D supplements or creams which help to heal dry itchy skin of psoriatic patients. Premature aging is a major cosmetic concern which can be improved by vitamin D acting as antioxidant. Vitamin D also helps to treat eczema and enzymes in the skin of rosacea sufferers can cause them to produce antimicrobial peptides in an abnormal form.
Silky smooth and shiny hair
Lack of Vitamin D can cause hair loss as it is essential for growth of healthy hair follicle. We all know that depression and stress is a major factor in hair loss. Vitamin D reduces stress and depression too. Vitamin D acts on the keratinocytes to initiate hair follicle cycling and stimulates hair growth. Vitamin D also helps to regulate the cycle of the hair follicle.
The hair follicle has to be active for Vitamin D to show any help. It is important to prevent hair fall in early stages as once the hair follicle dies, it no longer goes through the above mentioned cycle and Vitamin D cannot act on dead hair follicle.
Warning: Over consumption of Vitamin –D will not lead to hair growth.
Food intake: Vitamin D is oil soluble, which means you need to eat fat to absorb it. It is naturally found mainly in fish oils, fatty fish, and to a lesser extent in beef liver, cheese, egg yolks, and certain mushrooms. Vitamin D is widely added to many foods such as milk and orange juice, and can also simply be consumed as a supplement.