Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Vitamin D (cholecalciferol or Vitamin D3) is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as nutrient in edible food and a hormone in the human body. This vitamin is naturally synthesized by the human body when UV rays pass through the skin. Butter, liver, eggs, tuna, salmon, sword fish, cod liver oil and cheese are natural sources of vitamin D. The daily recommended dietary allowance of vitamin D for an adult is 600IU.

Vitamin D is beneficial for mineral (phosphorus and calcium) absorption and retention, which are important for bone structure. It can also help in maintaining human brain health and the immune system. It helps in managing diabetes mellitus by regulating insulin levels. This vitamin is beneficial for proper lung function and cardiac health. Vitamin D mitigates the growth of cancer cells and inflammation processes.

The deficiency of vitamin D is associated several health problems that can occur in the human body such as high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, multiple types of cancer, weakened immune system and diabetes mellitus. The major disorder associated with vitamin D deficiency is bone softening, which is known as rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults. The main causes of vitamin D deficiency can be celiac disorder, reduced intake of vitamin D-enriched foods, weight loss surgeries, kidney or liver disorders and obesity. The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are fatigue, muscle cramps, bone pain and depression.

The abundance of vitamin D in human body may lead to vitamin D toxicity. This toxicity usually occurs due to the high intake of vitamin D supplements. The symptoms of vitamin D toxicity are nausea, weakness, poor appetite, constipation, ataxia, irregular heartbeat, confusion, hardening of tissues or blood vessels and enhanced thirst and urination.

We offer a rapid and convenient vitamin D test to assess your vitamin D levels. The test is easy to perform and read.