Vitamin D and its deficiency
The number of cases of Vitamin D deficiencies in India seems to be growing with every passing year. There is no doubt that this nutrient is very important for strong bones and does play an important role in other health conditions as well. That being said, it is important to be aware of the correct levels of Vitamin D in the body.
Vitamin D is extremely helpful for pregnant mothers, as it helps in the absorption of calcium. During pregnancy, the body needs a huge dosage of nutrients, among which calcium is most important for the sake of bones. It is also helpful for the growth of young children.
High levels of Vitamin D can also help women survive breast cancer. As per a study, one-third of the women diagnosed with this cancer have been able to survive. This study further adds to the fact that vitamin D plays a major role in the promotion of normal cell development in mammals, as well as inhibiting the production of cancerous cells.
In lieu of the above need, Mother Dairy has started selling vitamin D-fortified token milk across Delhi NCR since the first week of November. This milk will be available at both its booths and the vending points for token milk.
Now it’s not just thebones that benefit from vitamin D. It is equally important for the immune system, heart, brain and other organs too. When not managed properly, diseases such as rickets, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes and tuberculosis can take place.
The problem in India
Yes, our country receives abundant sunshine. Despite this, vitamin D deficiencies are slowly touching alarming levels. As per research studies, more than 65-70 per cent of Indians are deficient of this vitamin. Why do you ask? Lifestyle is the most obvious cause.
We spend about 80-90per cent of our days inside the office or home. Very rarely is there any exposure to the sun, which helps synthesise vitamin D.
The root cause of osteoporosis is the deficiency of vitamin D. Generally elders are more prone to this disease, but today’s lifestyle has the potential to tilt the balance infavour of today’s youngsters.
Sources for Vitamin D
- Cod liver oil
- Sunflower seeds