Research indicates that vitamin D may potentially reduce the formation of new fat cells as well as suppress the storage of fat cells, helping decrease fat accumulation. Vitamin D may also increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects everything from mood to satiety to sleep.
Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmune disease as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.
Also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that is required for bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. It also aids calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to support normal bone mineralization.
Vitamin D even helps to stop the involuntary contraction of muscles (hypocalcemic tetany), which can lead to cramps and spasms.†
Additionally, this multifaceted vitamin also plays a role in supporting a healthy inflammatory response as well as modulating various biological processes, including cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function and glucose metabolism.†
Now, our bodies can readily synthesize all the vitamin D it requires when exposed to sufficient amounts of sunshine (hence its moniker as the “sunshine vitamin”). However, significant portions of the population do not get adequate sunshine, which has resulted in vitamin D deficiencies being one of the most common nutrient deficiencies around the world.†
Deficiencies in this essential vitamin can lead to soft bones and skeletal deformities as well as pain, severe rickets, developmental delay, hypocalcemic seizures, dental abnormalities and cardiomyopathy.