FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT
Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.
The Sunshine vitamin (Vitamin D)
Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in our skin in response to sunlight. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3. Our body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. we can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in our blood. Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
If our body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, were at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).