Vitamin D3, also known as Cholecalciferol, is one of the most under-consumed nutrients. Known as the “Vitamin of sun”, vitamin D3 is much more than just a bone health booster.
Here are the 4 more surprising benefits of vitamin D3 that will make you sunbath more.
#1 Stronger Bones and Teeth
Though Calcium is the major player when it comes to increasing bone health and bone mineral density, but vitamin D3 or Cholecalciferol is the real hero behind it.
Research has shown that vitamin D3 is a stimulator which helps bones absorb calcium and other minerals, making them stronger and healthier.
Due to lack of required amount of vitamin D, the body begins to slow down and will ultimately stop depositing calcium into your bones. Plus, it will lead to your body drawing calcium out from your bones back into the bloodstream.
This forms a constant cycle of deposit and withdrawal, which will make your bones weak and at high risk for fractures.
Cholecalciferol deficiency can also lead to rickets and osteomalacia. Rickets, a disease mostly found in children, is caused by defective calcification in which one has to go through the loss of muscle strength, bone pain, and dental deformities.
Osteomalacia, a vitamin D deficiency disease, affects adults and lead to softening of bones.
#2 Improved Muscle Strength
For athletes and bodybuilders missing out on vitamin D3 supplementation is as bad as missing leg day.
A study given by the Iranian Journal of Public Health in 2010 gave the fact that over 70 percent of men aged between 20-29 were found to be vitamin deficient.
The study also found that Cholecalciferol deficiency is relatively common in athletes and can cause weakening of muscle, loss of muscle strength, and atrophy, specifically Type 2 muscle fiber atrophy.
#3 An Armour against Cardiovascular Disease
Vitamin D especially vitamin D3 has a protective effect on your heart. Recent studies have found that people who have vitamin D deficiency are at an increased risk for heart attacks, heart disease, cardiac death, strokes and heart failure.
The studies further found that vitamin D supplementation might be effective in lowering blood pressure, improve vascular compliance, strengthen your arteries, and improve glycemic control.
#4 Keep Diabetes at bay
Recently done studies have found that vitamin D might be helpful in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes, especially in those who are already at a danger zone when it comes to this deadly disease.
Type 2 diabetes can lead to long-term complications such as nerve damage, heart disease, blocked arteries, vision loss, and renal and liver failure.
A meta-analysis of these observational studies concluded that beta cell functioning has improved along with traces of improvement in insulin sensitivity, and whole-body inflammation when subjects consumed higher levels of vitamin D.
Another recent study researched over the risk involved with developing type 2 diabetes in accordance to the baseline vitamin D status and found that individuals with the lowest baseline levels were at 38 percent more risk of developing type 2 diabetes as compared to those with the highest vitamin D levels.