Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin in a family of compounds. Getting enough vitamin D helps the growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as provides improved resistance to certain diseases. Vitamin D has other benefits and may also play a role in reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS).
1. Vitamin D may fight disease
Reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). A 2018 review of population-based studies found that low levels of vitamin D are linked with an increased risk of MS
Decreasing the chance of heart disease. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to increased risk of heart diseases such as hypertension, heart failure, and stroke.
Reducing the likelihood of severe illnesses. Although studies are mixed, vitamin D may make severe flu and COVID-19 infections less likely. A recent review found that low vitamin D levels contribute to acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Supporting immune health. People who do not have adequate vitamin D levels might be at increased risk of infections and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease
2. Vitamin D may regulate mood and reduce depression
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and decreasing the risk of depression.
A review of 7,534 people found that those experiencing negative emotions who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in symptoms. Vitamin D supplementation may help people with depression who also have a vitamin D deficiency.
Another study identified low vitamin D levels as a risk factor for more severe fibromyalgia symptoms, anxiety, and depression.
Note: This does not constitute medical advice, always consult your GP if you are concerned about your health.