A recent study has found that the main reason for hypertension is having very low levels of Vitamin D in the body. Following are the details:
The specialties of Vitamin D
Vitamin D has been called as the “Wonder Vitamin”. It plays a significant role in influencing all 36 organs in the body and has been known to improve overall health.
Sources of Vitamin D
Following are the main sources:
- Consuming appropriate foods
- Exposure to Sunlight
Vitamin D Levels in the Body
We need to have above 29 ng/mL of Vitamin D in the body. If the level is between 21 and 29 ng/mL, it means the level of Vitamin is low in the body. If below 20 ng/mL, it means we have a deficiency of Vitamin D.
Deficiency and consequences
Obesity is a very common problem in the western countries. Obesity leads to deficiency of Vitamin D.
Following are the symptoms that arise due to the deficiency of the Vitamin:
- General Pain
- Weakening of Bones
- Softening of Bones
Following are the problems caused due to deficiency of Wonder Vitamin:
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Type 2 Diabetes
Following people are the most at risk of having deficiency of Vitamin D:
- Pregnant Women
- Breastfeeding Women
- Children aged below 5
- Elderly people over 65
- Those not exposed to Sun
A recent research conducted has revealed that once the level of Vitamin D increases by 10% in the body, the risk of hypertension decreases by approx 8%.
Health Benefits of high Vitamin D levels in the body
High levels of Vitamin D in the body have several benefits on the health. Some of them are:
- Increased Bone strength and health
- Increased Immunity
- Increased protection from several diseases
- Improved Brain function
- Good mood
- Regulated Blood Pressure
Remedies for Vitamin D deficiency
It is better to consume foods rich in Vitamin D or appropraite supplements. They have the power to reduce the deficiency and beat the risk of the health risks that arise due to the deficiency of Vitamin D. The foods that are rich in Wonder Vitamin include Cod liver oil, Fish, Oysters, Soya Products, Dairy products, Eggs, mushrooms, etc.
It is a good habit of getting exposed to the early day sunlight or sunrise, since it increases the levels of Vitamin D in the body.
It has been recommended that consuming 600 IU or International units of Vitamin per day is an optimum level for all adults aged 19 to 70.