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Vitamin D Supplements Provide No Benefit To Our Health

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Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate. Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. So we know that Vitamin D is very crucial for our health.

The natural and most effective way of producing Vitamin D is by exposing our skin to UVB radiation. The body will produce just the amount it needs. Vitamin D produced by UVB radiation lasts longer. The average half life of  Vitamin D is around 10 weeks. But people who live farther away from the equator are exposed to less amount of UVB radiation. The obvious solution provided by industry are Vitamin D supplements.

The supplement industry will spread misleading information. But the reality is that Vitamin D supplements may cause more harm than benefit.

The US Preventive services recommends against Vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults 65 years or older.

Another trial published in the Lancet journal found that vitamin D supplementation with or without calcium does not reduce skeletal or non-skeletal outcomes in individuals by more than 15%.

There is research that says that says that Vitamin D supplements actually increase the risk of fractures. You can also build up toxic amounts of Vitamin D in your body. This will lead to high calcium levels in the blood which damages your arteries and kidneys. If a pregnant woman takes up too much synthetic Vitamin D, it can cause placental calcification which limits blood and oxygen supply to the baby. This does not happen in the case of excessive sun exposure.

Scientists have known that there is a link between sunshine and blood pressure. More sunshine can lower blood pressure. A study even showed that exposure to indoor UV radiation lamps lowers blood pressure. In 2015 a review was published which showed that Vitamin supplements do not lower blood pressure.

There is a false public perception that Vitamin D supplements prevent diseases without any evidence.

Conclusion

The supplement industry is very big and would spread wrong information to sell their products. But supplements can never replace nutrition that comes from natural state.