Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine" vitamin. It is an essential fat-soluble nutrient. It helps keep bones healthy and strong, helps cell growth, brain function, and benefits the immune function.
Your body absorbs vitamin D primarily through sun exposure, although dietary supplements (like regular injections) and certain foods are also sources of the nutrient.
Vitamin D deficiency occurs when your body doesn't absorb the recommend levels. Insufficient vitamin D levels can cause your bones to become misshapen, brittle, or thin. It can also lead to a number of health problems, including:
- aching bones
- fatigue or drowsiness
- weakness and pain of the muscles and joints
- Loss of Sex Drive
- Headaches/ Back Pain
- bone softening (osteomalacia)
- low bone density (osteopenia)
Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression. Researchers behind a 2013 meta-analysis noticed that study participants with depression also had low vitamin D levels. The same analysis found that, statistically, people with low vitamin D were at a much greater risk of depression.
The researchers believe that because vitamin D is important to brain function, insufficient nutrient levels may play a role in depression and other mental illnesses. An earlier 2005 studyTrusted Sourceidentified vitamin D receptors in the same areas of the brain associated with depression.
If your depression is related to a vitamin D deficiency, increasing your vitamin D may help relieve your symptoms.
Limited sun exposure, lifestyle, and age can contribute to low vitamin D levels.
How to Get Vitamin D:
Sunlight exposure is the primary source of vitamin D for most people. If you stay out of the sun or use too much sunblock you limit your exposure. That can lead to vitamin D deficiency. People with lighter skin tend to absorb vitamin D more quickly. People with Darker skin tone have greater amounts of melanin which reduces vitamin D production in the skin.
Vitamin D3 Injections
Few foods are naturally rich in vitamin D.
- other fatty fish
- fish liver oils
- animal fats
- vitamin D fortified food products, like orange juice and cereal
Vegans & Vegetarians are often prone to the deficiency.
To Setup a your Vitamin D plan for this Winter & Fall please call 972.803.4432.
$25/ Injection or Package of 5 for $115