Which Vitamin Is also a Hormone?

Which Vitamin Is also a Hormone

Vitamins are a prerequisite for a healthy life. However, only vitamin D is also a hormone and is produced inside the human body, playing various important roles for good health

Despite being the tip of the iceberg, Vitamin D, referred as the sunshine vitamin, is the most undervalued nutrient in the world. Although all other vitamins are taken only through food and supplement, Vitamin D is also produced endogenously. Hence, it is not only a nutrient but also a hormone and is produced by the skin cells when the body is exposed directly to the sun. The excessive vitamin is also stored in the body fats for the times when sunshine is not available. Thus, tolerable and adequate exposure to the sun is the simplest way of fulfilling the body’s need for vitamin D.

However, it is widely believed that catching the sun rays from the glass windows of homes and cars is enough for required ultraviolet light, but, unfortunately, it is not scientifically proven. As it is not feasible to get enough vitamin D daily through the sun, a few fortified foods, like egg yolk, shrimps, yogurt, orange juice, and cereal are also available, containing vitamin D naturally. According to recent research, if the daily requirement of vitamin D is managed, it helps the body compensate for all other vitamin deficiencies. Therefore, being a prerequisite for good health, it not only regulates the blood pressure but also promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the gut, bones, and teeth, thus, decreasing the chance of developing heart disease and improving bone health.

In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis, helping to lower the likelihood of developing the flu, regulating mood, and warding off depression. Interestingly, Vitamins D is ice on the cake for those who are trying to lose weight.

In one study, Vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic all over the world. However, it is pervasive in women, adults, and people who have dark skin.
Similarly, excess amounts of vitamin D, although rarely, can build up toxins in the body. Because vitamin D increases calcium absorption, vitamin D toxicity results in marked bone loss, liver problems, and kidney failure by interfering with other nutrients.

To sum up, an adequate amount of vitamin D is necessary for healthy living. However, we must avoid excessive doses of vitamin D and must not use supplements without the prescription of the doctor.

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