As I share insight, allow me to reiterate as I have in previous posts that I am no medical expert. I only share from my experiences with a topic or experiences of those I know. Please consult your doctor before taking any supplements or medicine, especially if you have a preexisting condition.
On that note, I come from a family that is generally healthy; however, I discovered that osteoporosis is hereditary in my African American family. Although I know that a lack of vitamin D is likely the cause, I still didn’t understand why my relatives are vitamin D deficient when they were getting lots of sunlight, exercise daily, take vitamins and eat vitamin D enriched food.
I do realize that melanin has wonderful benefits, except it can block sunlight which contains vitamin D. Therefore, vitamin D deficiency is prevalent among Black Americans. Unfortunately, many COVID patients were known to have preexisting conditions and vitamin D deficiency.
I haven’t had any issues but I am concerned how vitamin D deficiency has affected my loved ones. I have seen the benefits of vitamin D. I personally take 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3. Here are some benefits of vitamin D that are known facts:
Vitamin D Helps Regulate Other Nutrients
This includes calcium in the body, which helps keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy and strong. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium and phosphate. Enough of these nutrients help prevent rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults. When you avoid sugar, your body will thank you through absorption of necessary nutrients such as Vitamin D, calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin D absorption is as necessary as the absorption of Calcium, phosphate, vitamin K and other nutrients the body needs to heal itself.
Vitamin D Helps Immunity
This review came after a shocking revelation that 94% of UK doctors who died from COVID-19 were minorities, including Black and Asian. This news comes in the midst of the racial disparity that has been prevalent for generations.
Although COVID-19 is new and not much is known about it yet, we do know that many who have suffered from COVID-19 experienced symptoms of shortness of breath and blood clots of which the lungs were affected. There is no known immunity to this deadly disease, but keeping the immune system strong has proven to fight viruses and diseases. This goes back to vitamin D deficiency among other reasons that medical experts are still studying, since vitamin D helps build immunity.
The day I wrote this post, a nurse gave me a list of vitamins that can help keep my immune system strong to help prevent COVID-19. I have been exposed to the virus several times and been in quarantine, but I am grateful to God that I have tested negative each time and have never had symptoms. This is mainly because of the grace of God.
The little I’m doing is from God’s wisdom of exercise, diet and vitamins. This includes vitamin D3, since I am not exposed to much sunlight.
Vitamin D Helps Protect Brain Function
More benefits of vitamin D include neuron protection and inflammation reduction in the brain. Studies show that vitamin D can flush out plaque called beta amyloid protein to help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.
Vitamin D is also known to assist with memory improvement, as long as you stay within the recommended dosage. Anything beyond that had still slowed reaction times in adults, although their memory had improved.
I mentioned before that I take 5000 IUs of vitamin D3 which has similar benefits. However, I must admit that I thought 5000 IU’s were too much dosage. After researching, I later realized that 5000 IUs are the recommended dosage and have more benefits.
My Question To You
Do you take vitamin D? If so, which benefits have you received from it? If not, what vitamins have helped you? Please share your experience in the comment section below and share with others. Someone may be struggling to stay healthy and may need this information. May you stay healthy, happy and whole.