We all need Vitamin D. Want to know the easiest and tastiest way to get this essential vitamin? Drink Indian River Vitamin D Orange Juice each and every day. Your body, and your taste buds, will thank you.
Sara Novak, in an article for Discovery.com (“From Cancer to Heart Disease: 6 Side Effects of a Vitamin D Deficiency”) reminds us why we need vitamin D, and also explains why for some of us it’s very hard for our bodies to manufacture it as they should.
Our bodies will create vitamin D on their own, given enough sunlight. But anyone living north of Atlanta, GA doesn’t get enough sunlight during the winter because the sun doesn’t get high enough in the sky for the needed UVB rays to penetrate the atmosphere. This, and the facts that we’re very good about using sunscreen and that kids simply don’t play outside as much as they used to, can create a vitamin D deficiency that can lead to all kinds of problems.
Problems such as the following:
1. BONE BREAKAGE
Bone breakage due to weakness associated with aging bones.
A softening of the bones that used to be seen in children, and is on the rise again.
3. HEART DISEASE
Nitric oxide, a chemical linked to blood flow, is released into the blood stream when sun hits the skin and causes a drop in blood pressure. Lack of sunlight has been linked to heart disease in Northern European countries.
According to the NE Journal of medicine, vitamin D is linked to depression, and most of us have heard of SAD by now (Seasonal Affective Disorder), characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months.
The National Institute of Health has linked vitamin D deficiency with type 2 diabetes.
Early research suggests a link between exposure to sunlight and a lower incidence of cancer related deaths.
Vitamin D is also available from certain foods and supplements, and may be especially important for those who don’t get enough sunlight to manufacture it.
Written by: Tricia Doane, FizzNiche Staff Writer