Vitamin D3 was discovered and isolated in the early 1930’s during an attempt to find a cure for rickets. A scientist who was studying the effects of various diets in dogs that were kept from sunlight noted that the dog’s deficiency symptoms matched those of rickets. Soon afterwards, scientist discovered that through irradiation, different forms of this prohormone could be isolated.(Vitamin D3 is produced only when it is exposed to sunlight, or ultraviolet B radiation. Thus the Vitamin D family was founded.
Vitamin D3’s use in treating rickets made its isolation a godsend to people worldwide. Since then, extensive studies have given us broad knowledge of the benefits of this unique Vitamin. There are now a total of 5 different ‘Vitamin D’ forms; however Vitamin D2 and D3 are the most common.
Vitamin D3 Benefits
Vitamin D3, like many of the other popular vitamins, has the ability to help the body in numerous ways both preventative and combative. Here is a list of some of the benefits of Vitamin D3.
• Rickets: Vitamin D3 is the key ingredient in the treatment of Rickets.
• Bone health: Vitamin D3 helps your body absorb calcium, and in turn helps your bones and teeth grow properly.
• Osteoporosis: Specifically post-menopausal osteoporosis can be prevented and treated with regular Vitamin D3 intake.
• Type 1 diabetes: Vitamin D3 plays a key role in the prevention of this diabetes type.
• Cancers: In some studies Vitamin D3 (and Vitamin D) has been shown to help prevent some cancers.
• Immunity: Evidence also indicates that Vitamin D3 has various positive effects on the immune system and inhibits the development of autoimmunity.
Vitamin D3 Food Sources
Vitamin D can be found in a plethora of meat and dairy related foods. Below is a short list of Vitamin D food sources:
• Milk (includes non-fat, reduced fat, whole and of course Vitamin D fortified milk)
• Margarine (fortified)
• Egg yolk
• Liver or beef (cooked)
• Swiss cheese
• Fortified cereal
• Cod liver oil
• Salmon or mackerel (cooked)
• tuna fish or sardines (in oil)
Vitamin D3 Deficiency
Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone – and it is produced when your skin has direct contact with sunlight. Usually fifteen to twenty minutes of direct sunlight (without clothes) is enough to provide adequate daily Vitamin D3.
A deficiency in Vitamin D3 can result in myriad of ailments and diseases. Depression, high blood pressure, psoriasis, neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes are just a few. A deficiency in Vitamin D3 is still very prevalent in the United States, for two reasons. One reason is that many supplements are actually synthetic Vitamin D called ergocalciferol – which is actually a form of Vitamin D2. The other reason is that many people rarely get any direct sunlight. For some, the walk from their front door to their automobile, and then from their automobile to their front door after work, is the only direct sunshine they receive (and they are usually fully clothed). You can significantly avert a Vitamin D3 deficiency by simply exposing yourself to the sun once a day for 10 or 15 minutes. (Tanning beds do not help your body produce vitamin D3).
Vitamin D3 Overdose
Vitamin E, if taken as a supplement, should be carefully monitored. If your doctor prescribes you Vitamin E, make sure you follow the routine he or she has prescribed. Immediate symptoms of Vitamin E overdose are fatigue, weakness, nausea, headache, flatulence, abdominal pain and blurred vision. Always consult a physician immediately if you feel you may have taken too high of a dose of vitamin E.
There is also a very small chance that you will have an allergic reaction to Vitamin E supplements. If you experience the immediate appearance of a rash, swollen tongue and lips, closing of the throat or difficulty breathing, contact a physician or emergency ward immediately.