The Physiological Role of Vitamin D on the Body

Vitamin D is very beneficial to the overall health of the body. It helps many systems in the body, improves mood and is even being shown to reduce the risk of some diseases. Vitamin D can be obtained in a variety of ways, the most well-known being from the sun. A great alternative, however, is to apply it topically on the skin in the form of a cream. Daily application of Cloud Vitamin Cream’s Vitamin D cream provides the body all the benefits of vitamin D without the necessity of sun exposure.

Vitamin D is thought of as the sunshine vitamin because it can be absorbed through sun exposure. An article titled, “Sunlight and Vitamin D:  A Global Perspective for Health” explains how the skin absorbs vitamin D from the sun by asserting that, “During exposure to sunlight, 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin absorbs UVB radiation and is converted to previtamin D3 which in turn isomerizes into vitamin D3.” The article goes on to state that, “Sun induced vitamin D synthesis is greatly influenced by season, time of day, latitude, altitude, air pollution, skin pigmentation, sunscreen use, passing through glass and plastic, and aging.” Therefore, though the body can synthesize vitamin D through sun exposure, this is often challenging, especially for those living in gray, rainy climates. Research published on the Harvard Health Publications website outlined that, “Except during the summer months, the skin makes little if any vitamin D from the sun at latitudes above 37 degrees north or below 37 degrees south of the equator. People who live in these areas are at relatively greater risk for vitamin D deficiency”. Areas above 37 degrees north include all of Canada and much of the northern United States, such as Denver, Seattle, Boston and New York, just to name a few. Therefore, topical application of Cloud Vitamin Cream’s Vitamin D cream can deliver healthy amounts of vitamin D in geographic areas that lack consistent sunshine.

Additionally, vitamin D can be obtained through diet. An article titled, “Vitamin D and Mood Disorders among Women:  An Integrative Review” specified that, “Only a few foods contain vitamin D naturally; these include oily fish (salmon and mackerel), cod liver oil, irradiated mushrooms and egg yolk. Food fortified with vitamin D may include milk, orange juice, yogurt, cheese, cereal and breads.” The article went on to add that, “several servings need to be consumed to meet the minimum daily requirement.” Recent research described in an article titled “’D’ for depression: any role for vitamin D?” indicated that, “In terms of dietary intake, Maxwell observed that ‘the diet is thought to contribute very little to vitamin D stores.” The article further asserted, “Unless an individual eats oily fish frequently, it is very difficult to obtain sufficient vitamin D on a daily basis.” It is clear that maintaining a healthy level of vitamin D through diet and sun exposure can prove to be difficult, as many adults are vitamin D deficient.

The body experiences a range of benefits from sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. An article called, “Vitamin D homeostasis, bone mineral metabolism, and seasonal affective disorder during 1 year in Antarctic residence”, reported that, “Vitamin D plays a significant role in calcium and bone mineral metabolism and also affects cardiovascular, psychological, and cognitive functions.” Vitamin D has also been shown to improve mood. A recent study was outlined in an article titled, “Vitamin D3 enhances mood in healthy subjects during winter”. The study noted, “That Vitamin D3 has been demonstrated to have a powerful effect on mood and varies significantly across the seasons implies a link between the hormone and seasonal variations of mood.” Not only did the research show that vitamin D3 improved study participants’ mood, but the participants themselves reported that they were feeling “really good” after taking supplemental vitamin D for five days.

While an increase in vitamin D can have positive effects on the body, insufficient amounts can lead to serious health issues. The article titled, “Vitamin D and Mood Disorders among Women:  An Integrative Review” outlined a variety of health concerns brought about by a vitamin D deficiency. The article stated that, “Findings in published articles using the Nurses Health Study (NHS) database suggest there is an increased incidence of colon and breast cancer in postmenopausal women who have low vitamin D levels.” The article further reported that, “The risk of developing autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis, or type I diabetes mellitus (DM) is reduced in persons with adequate levels of vitamin D.” In addition to physical health concerns, the same article also outlined mood disorders associated with low amounts of vitamin D, asserting that, “Several studies have suggested that there is an association between vitamin D deficiency and many mood disorders, including major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and other depressive disorders not otherwise specified.” The risk of these physical and mental conditions is compelling evidence that maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D in the body is paramount for optimum health and wellness.

Clearly, vitamin D plays a vital role in the physiology of the body. It benefits the cardiovascular system, increases bone health, improves cognitive function, reduces the possibility for certain diseases and some types of cancer and has a positive impact on a variety of mood disorders. However, obtaining vitamin D through sun exposure or through diet can be challenging. Therefore, an excellent solution is the daily application of Cloud Vitamin Cream’s Vitamin D cream, which ensures healthy levels of vitamin D.

Reference articles:

“Sunlight and Vitamin D:  A Global Perspective for Health” by M. Wacker and M.F. Holick
“Vitamin D and Mood Disorders among Women:  An Integrative Review” by Pamela K. Murphy, CNM, MS, IBCLC and Carol L. Wagner, MD
“Vitamin D homeostasis, bone mineral metabolism, and seasonal affective disorder during 1 year in Antarctic residence” by M. Premkumar, T. Sable, D. Dhanwal and R. Dewan
“Vitamin D3 enhances mood in healthy subjects during winter” by Allen T.G. Lansdowne and Stephen C. Provost
’D’ for depression: any role for vitamin D? by G. Parker and H. Brotchie
“Time for more vitamin D” from Harvard Health Publications online – link: 
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/time-for-more-vitamin-d.htm

August 12, 2014 by Cathy Mohr
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