Vitamins B and D are More Important Than You Think

Do you feel depressed? Do you experience bone aches or a lot of head sweating? Do you feel extreme fatigue sometimes? Then you may be having a greater problem than you think you have. You may be having a deficiency of two important vitamins: Vitamin B and D.

Research shows that Vitamin D deficiency is a common phenomenon today. Worse still, those with the deficiency aren't aware of it. Therefore, it's of importance to have blood tests to ensure your Vitamin D levels are at least 50 mg/ml.

Below is a list of Vitamin D health benefits:

• Vitamin D aids the body to adequately absorb the calcium present in the diet you take. Calcium is the used in the development of strong bones and teeth. Deficiency of this vitamin means that calcium is not well put in the collagen matrix of a person’s skeleton. This results to weak bones, fractures and bone-aches.
• Vitamin D reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 50%. Conditions such as hypertension and stroke are substantially prevented by Vitamin D.
• Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are well prevented my vitamin D.
• Other benefits of vitamin D include prevention of osteoporosis and repair of DNA. Research also indicates that a person with sufficient vitamin D has a greater ability to fight infections.

Vitamin D requirements vary from person to person. Research indicates that people with darker skin require more Vitamin D. Also, people with a larger weight mass are in a greater need of Vitamin D than light weight people.

Now on to our other important vitamin: Vitamin B. There are various types of B vitamins, namely: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. Each type performs its own unique function and has its own health benefit.

Below is a list of functions performed by each type of Vitamin B:

• B1: It enables the body to generate energy form carbohydrates in the diet.
• B2: This vitamin in extensively used in the process of beta oxidation.
• B3: It regulates cholesterol levels and enhances blood circulation.
• B5: Used in the production of some enzymes as well as oxidation of fatty acids.
• B6: This vitamin plays a vital role in maintaining normal functioning of the brain.
• B7: It's used in the metabolism of a variety of foods including lipids.
• B9: Helps in formation of red blood cells.
• B12: Performs various important functions in red blood cell forms and maintenance of a healthy nervous system.

Deficiency of any type of vitamin B may lead to serious health problems ranging from beriberi to macrocytic anemia.

In case of a vitamin deficiency, it's advisable to get a supplement- though Vitamin B and D can simply be obtained through good eating and good basking.

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