Why 90% of people are
experiencing low Vitamin D?
The sun helps a human body in producing Vitamin D. We should be rich in vitamin D then. There’s practically no dearth of sun rays. However, Indians are still deficient in vitamin D levels.
Here’s why it’s happening.
The modern lifestyle and available facilities keep us more in the covers than before. For instance, these days, our day starts in a room with A.C. We get ready and commute via car with the windows rolled up. And then once you’re into your office which may or may not have windows. Even if there is a window, most people prefer to keep it covered.
A growing myth that I hear often is that sunlight is bad for humans — that even little contact causes “skin cancer” or tanning. We forget that we cannot survive without the sun, and sunlight leads to important chemical processes in the body you can’t do without.
What about Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is more problematic, especially for vegetarians. Vitamin B12 is made by microorganisms found in the soil and by microorganisms in the intestines of animals, including our own.
The amount made in our intestines is not adequately absorbed, so it is recommended that we consume B12 in food. Research has convincingly shown that plants grown in healthy soil that has a good concentration of vitamin B12 will readily absorb this nutrient. However, plants grown in “lifeless” soil (non-organic soil) may be deficient in vitamin B12.
Today, most of our agriculture takes place on relatively lifeless soil, decimated from years of unnatural pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizer use. So the plants grown in this soil and sold in our supermarkets lack B12.
In addition to this, we live in such a sanitized world that we rarely come into direct contact with the soil-borne microorganisms that produce B12. At one point in our history, we got B12 from vegetables that hadn’t been scoured of all soil. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to assume that vegetarian urban populations who eat highly cleansed plant products and no animal products are unlikely to get enough vitamin B12.
Purpose of Vitamin D in the body
- Promotes calcium absorption
- Maintains normal calcium and phosphate levels
- Promotes bone and cell growth
- Reduces Inflammation
Purpose of Vitamin B12 in the body
- Generates energy
- Protects heart
- Keeps the bones healthy
- Prevents Nerve Damage
- Improves Mood and outlook
- Keeps the Alzheimer at bay
- Makes your body healthy and look young
Symptoms of Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Some of the Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are mentioned below:
Vitamin D3 deficiency symptoms and signs include unexplained fatigue, muscle weakness, deformities in soft bones, cognitive impairment, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, cancer, and severe asthma in children.
Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms and signs include fatigue, laziness, tiredness, low stamina, pale skin (due to low hemoglobin levels), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), lack of appetite, Celiac disease, tingling sensations, numbness, disorders related to the immune system, and shortness of breath.
Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D Supplements
While the sun and these natural food sources are the best way to stay nourished with these vitamins, it is not to say that supplements should always be avoided. It is estimated that we hold a three-year store of vitamin B12 in our bodies.
However, if you do not eat any animal products for three years or more, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consider taking a B12 supplement on occasion and rechecking your B12 levels every 6 months.
Likewise, if you never get sun exposure, especially during the winter months, you might want to take a vitamin D supplement. I would recommend taking the smallest dose you can find and making more of an effort to get outside.
Can I take Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 together?
Absolutely, yes! Since these are dietary supplements, you can take them together with no worries!
Best Vitamin D and B12 supplements are available in the market in the form of tablets, capsules, and solutions. You can get the levels of Vitamin D and B12 in your blood checked and ask your doctor for a prescription based on their levels in your body.
Lifestyle Causes of Deficiencies
The way you live affects the amount of vitamin B12 and vitamin D you acquire by natural means. Vegetarians shun the most important natural sources of B12 but often make up the shortfall by consuming more dairy products. Vegans who avoid all animal protein must take B12 supplements, if they don't get the vitamin in fortified foods.
Unless you eat oily fish regularly, your primary natural source of vitamin D is the sun, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Your skin produces vitamin D when it is exposed to proper levels of ultraviolet light. Melatonin in the skin blocks UV light, so people with dark skin need more exposure than light-skinned individuals.
Limited exposure to the sun may help. According to Harvard Health, sunlight contains two forms of radiant energy, ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). UVB provides the energy your skin needs to make vitamin D, but that energy can also cause sunburn and is a potential cause of cancer. It can also cause premature skin damage and aging. Supplements are the answer.
Medical Conditions and Age
Certain medical conditions could cause deficiencies or malabsorption of vitamin D and B12. To absorb vitamin D, the body must also absorb fat. The inability to digest fat, or fat malabsorption, could be linked to liver problems or cystic fibrosis, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.
In obese individuals, vitamin D becomes trapped in fat beneath the skin instead of circulating through the blood, the Linus Pauling Institute reports. Gastric bypass patients also lose some ability to absorb vitamin D.
Intestinal diseases and surgeries also limit the body's ability to utilize vitamin B12, the Linus Pauling Institute states. Alcoholism interferes with the vitamin's absorption. AIDS patients and persons taking drugs which reduce digestive acids experience increased risk. Pernicious anemia, an autoimmune disorder, reduces levels of a critical protein called intrinsic factor and inhibits the body's use of B12.
Both the very young and the elderly are at increased risk for these vitamin deficiencies. Breastfed infants don't receive the extra dose of vitamin D found in formula or fortified milk, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Lactating women without the right amount of vitamin D in their diets pass this deficiency onto their children.
Atrophic gastritis affects 10 to 30 percent of those over 60, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. This chronic inflammatory disease damages the stomach lining and prevents the proper absorption of vitamin B12.
Stay Informed, Stay Well.
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