The Health Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that functions as a neurohormone. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is synthesized in the skin from cholesterol. The natural synthesis process requires sunlight, hence Vitamin D’s nickname, the “sunshine vitamin.”
Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is converted to calcidiol in the liver and this is later converted to Vitamin D2. The kidneys convert calcidiol into calcitriol, the biologically active version of Vitamin D which circulates as a hormone in the bloodstream. Vitamin D has been found to regulate the concentration of calcium and phosphorus, promote healthy bone growth, and is an important gene regulator. There is a relationship between Vitamin D levels and a variety of diseases including allergies, autism, mental health disorders, and more. Vitamin D supplementation is necessary at all ages, and dosing recommendations have changed. At your child’s next office visit be sure to as us about the benefits of a Vitamin D supplement.
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