Vitamin D seems like it is the hot supplement of the moment. We are being bombarded with information. Most of us have a very simple belief that we make sunshine into vitamin D through our skin. So why would we all be discussing such a normal event, in so many ways, so often, and what does it mean?
Well Vitamin D is a "hormone" and a "pro-hormone" from which other very important body chemicals are made.
It is used in at least 900 different chemical events in the body.
THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT.
Experts believe Vitamin D plays a very important role in regulating our immune response. We know Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory condition which may be triggered by our immune system so vitamin D can then play a useful role.
It is not a simple matter of sitting in the sun for 10 minutes a day. Another remarkable point is the darker your skin, the LESS vitamin D you make. The fatter your body i.e. the more fat tissue on your body, the less vitamin D you make and the more you need! It is a natural fat burner, so if you are carrying weight, it has a snowball effect.
Vitamin D is also brain protective, heart protective, supports healthy strong bones, thyroid supportive, prostate and breast protective, needed for good fertility, and very important to the developing foetus.
Our bodies can make Vitamin D naturally through sunlight but with the dangers of too much sun exposure consuming Vitamin D in food or through supplementation seems like a better option.
However with the problems some of us have with foods high in Vitamin D a good supplement seems to be the answer.
Note:- if your skin is not used to being in the sunlight, it should be carefully exposed and you need to build up a "Sun tolerance", You also need to avoid the harm caused by infrequent large doses of sun.
Also Vitamin D is made from cholesterol, so be careful if you are taking cholesterol lowering drugs!
So if you want to know what Vitamin D supplement to be taking please check out http://www.mycrohnsdoctor.com/supplements.html
Or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Health
My Crohn's Doctor