Vitamin D - The Role It Plays In Depression And Body Aches

Posted by administrator Tuesday, July 15, 2008

There is so much hype about Vitamin D these days. Learn about the role Vitamin D plays in our bodies, how it affects depression, general body aches and pains, and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency.

What Does Vitamin D Do?

Vitamin D has a definitive role in the body. It's main purpose is to regulate the normal blood levels of phosphorus and calcium. Without calcium to keep your bones strong they would be come brittle or thin and vulnerable to very unnecessary diseases such as Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans. Taking Vitamin D along with calcium supplements is a step in the right direction to combating bone loss.

Vitamin D Deficiency.

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency can include Rickets as well as Ostomalacia. Skeletel Deformities can be caused by Rickets and Osteomalacia in adults is the side affect of Vitamin D levels being low and resulting in muscular weakness and weak bones. Hence, the body aches and pains.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
# Nausea
# Diarrhea
# Constipation
# Anorexia
# Weakness

Sometimes unexplained body aches and pains are symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D profoundly affects the brain and therefore can have a huge affect on depression and seasonal affective disorder. Be sure to consult your Doctor on this as the studies change all the time.

Foods Rich in Vitamin D
# Fish and Fish Oils
# Milk Products
# Eggs
# Liver
# Fortified Foods

You can make sure you get plenty of these foods in your diet on a regular basis and get at least 15 minutes of sunshine a day when possible.

Some studies show Vitamin D can help combat cancer and other diseases. As this gives one hope you certainly do not want to take too much vitamin D as this can lead to the symptoms listed above, and in addition, if improperly diagnosed, can add additional symptoms that confuse the Doctor in searching for the real diagnosis.

Vitamin D's role in depression, general body aches and pains due to muscle weakness, and it's possible role in many diseases is exciting and can be managed sensibly. Try to get 15 minutes of sunshine whenever possible without sunscreen, eat Vitamin D rich foods, and supplement with your Doctor's advice.

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