We know how important vitamin D is for optimal health and its benefits for treating bone health, muscle weakness and even mood disorders is highly publicised. However, there is more to this super vitamin than meets the eye.
In this two-part post we’ll share six surprising benefits of vitamin D.
Prevention of the common cold
While vitamin D is well known for assisting the treatment and prevention of some serious diseases and disorders not many people know that upping your intake is an important way to arm the immune system against the good old fashioned cold or flu. This is because recent evidence suggests that the sunshine vitamin may help reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) because it influences several immune pathways, with the net effect of boosting mucosal defences while simultaneously dampening excessive inflammation.
Reduction in age-related mental decline
We know that vitamin D helps improve mental sharpness but did you know it keeps the brain active even at later stages of life? Research has shown that low levels of vitamin D were associated with substantial cognitive decline in the elderly population studied over a 6-year period. These findings have raised important new possibilities for treatment and prevention of age-related mental decline.
May help you live longer
Several studies, one of them a Cochrane review, have found that people with increased vitamin D levels have a 6% lower risk of premature death. It may not seem like much but if getting enough vitamin D through the sun, your diet or supplements helps add a few extra years to your life why not do it.
Lookout for part 2 of our post where we look at three more surprising benefits of vitamin D.
Research has proven that it is important to stay on top of your vitamin D intake, and investing in a good quality supplement is the best way to do this.
If you would like to protect yourself and your family talk to Nations Nutrition today to find out more about our great tasting, easy to take vitamin D3 supplement.