How you could benefit from getting more Vitamin D

We all know vitamin D is consumed through sun exposure, but did you know it is crucial for good health? Vitamin D

We all know vitamin D is consumed through sun exposure, but did you know it is crucial for good health?

Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone, usually absorbed from exposure to the sun, along with certain foods. It has a host of health benefits because of its ability to influence genetic expression.

Vitamin D is thought to be involved in biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in our bodies, and if we don’t have enough of it our body can struggle to function properly. Here are 5 benefits of the ‘sunshine vitamin’:

  • Dry Eye and Macular Degeneration

Premenopausal women who have a vitamin D deficiency are at a greater risk of dry eyes and impaired tear functioning. The good news is consuming more of Vitamin D may be able to reverse this. A vitamin deficiency can also increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration, but only if you are already genetically predisposed to it.

  • Prevention of bowel disease 

Researchers from New Zealand have recently highlighted the importance of Vitamin D in preventing gastrointestinal disease and certain cancers. Vitamin D is a key component in the regulation and inhibition of cell growth and communication.

  • Calcium regulation 

Vitamin D has been shown to be able to regulate calcium and maintain phosphorous levels in the blood, which is key to maintaining healthy bones. ‘The sunshine vitamin’ also helps absorb calcium in the intestines, and reclaims any calcium that might be excreted through the kidneys. For this reason, Vitamin D deficiencies in adults can manifest in the form of osteomalacia or osteoporosis.

  • Risk of Diabetes

There is a link between blood concentrations of Vitamin D and the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Insufficient levels of Vitamin D can have negative effects on your insulin secretion and glucose tolerance.

  • Inflammatory Rheumatic Disease

A study involving more than 2,200 patients diagnosed with different types of arthritis showed that 40 per cent of those with rheumatoid arthritis were deficient in Vitamin D.

  • Protection from Cardiovascular disease

The exact way Vitamin D lowers blood pressure, improves vascular compliance and improve glycemic control, is unknown. However, it has been shown that individuals with Vitamin D deficiencies are at an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, sudden cardiac death and even heart failure.

The best way to ensure you are getting enough vitamin D is to make sure you are getting enough sunshine. but you can also consume it within foods such as salmon, milk and egg yolks. There are also vitamin supplements available at your local chemist.

Will you try to increase your intake of Vitamin D? Do you spend much time in the sun?

* This is general advice only. If you are concerned about having aVitamin D deficiency, you should seek guidances from a medical professional. Always slip, slop, slap if you’re in the sunshine! 


  1. My doctor checks my Vitamin D levels along with my other blood tests yearly, I take a Vitamin D supplement daily

  2. My husband takes Vit D daily along with Vit K which helps it to absorb better . He used to just have the Vit D and did not show much difference in his blood checks but since the naturopath said to use the Vit K there has been a remarkable difference and his Vit D level is just under normal prior it was extremely low.

  3. Just go outside whenever possible people. Any supplement is synthetic, sunshine & fresh air are free.

    • I’m out side gardening 3 or 4 times a week, in the sunshine & fresh air, BUT it is not always enough. So get of your high horse 🐴

    • Why do people who read a post on FB think that they know the personality of the person who wrote it. I have read and reread my post and I just can’t find a reason for your comment. I NEVER attack anyone online, I just see no reason to when making a point. Your Post was sufficient before you made your last statement. My point is that we do not need to make taking pills or other supplements our first choice.

    • Susanne Ruedin I agree with you. I find people attack on here for no good reason. Aren’t we all supposed to support and help each other. I find there are some lovely people posting on here but there seems to be more and more nasty remarks made. Are we all becoming grumpy old people. I hope not. Lets all try to be kinder folks and be a bit more tolerant of each other. I got a nasty reply to one of my posts yesterday when I shared an opinion. I read and re read and I couldn’t see how I could have offended anyone. After all it was only an opinion on flushing wipes.

    • There are people who don’t absorb , Polynesian, Maori, mixed race, dark skin people. We found out the hard way , we are out in the sun and fresh air daily , then a few years ago we found my husband Had very low Vit D and has been taking the supplement and Vit K and his Vit D level us now nearly normal. He now has dental issues relating to the lack of Vit D over his lifetime , but it is really only in the past ten or so years that this has been really known what effects it can have , not only on dental but bone density as we get older.

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