Vitamin D is also known by some people as Calciferol. Its operation is as follows:
- If you stay in the sun too long and your skin is exposed, vitamin D3 (Colecalciferol) is produced, which has the same shape as that found in foods and supplements.
- Subsequently, this vitamin reaches the liver and there it is transformed into Calcidiol (25-OH vitamin D), which is the inactive circulating form of this vitamin.
- People need to know that when the body needs it, the kidney turns it into calcitriol (1-25-OH vitamin D), which is its active form, ready to act on all body tissues and perform their functions.
The benefits of this vitamin for the body are the following:
- First of all, its role is to help the body grow and develop, to mineralize the bones during growth and in adults to keep the bones and teeth healthy.
- Another very important benefit is that it increases the absorption of calcium in the small intestine
- It fixes calcium and phosphorus in bones and teeth.
- Vitamin D increases intestinal absorption of phosphorus.
- In addition to all these very important benefits, it also increases the reabsorption of calcium and phosphorus in the kidneys.
- Vitamin D is involved in the regulation of calcium in the blood (calcium).
- With this vitamin, the immune system will be much stronger
- Collaborates in the proper functioning of the nervous system.
- Helps keep skin and hair in good condition.
If you have vitamin D deficiency you may suffer from certain symptoms. In general they are very mild, or in most cases do not exist. However, in some cases, the lack of this type of vitamin can cause fatigue, pain or muscle weakness. and general ailments, especially in the back and hips.
These symptoms only occur when you have a severe vitamin D deficiency and your level has been low for a long time. So, if you are tired or your back hurts continuously, it is recommended to consult your doctor or nutritionist to check if it is a vitamin deficiency.