Most people recognize Vitamin D as the fat-soluble “Sunshine Vitamin” that allows our bodies to absorb more calcium for stronger bones. More may have paid close attention to news accounts that direct sunlight synthesizes with the vitamin D our bodies make, and that vitamin D draws a smiley face on Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, vitamin D carries the torch for much more of our body’s good health.
Vitamin D2 and D3 are equally effective
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is a plant-synthesized form. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form activated with direct, unfiltered sunlight exposure on skin. Experts say both are equally as effective in playing a number of roles: increasing calcium absorption, keeping our immune system healthy, aiding in muscle movement, and protecting against cancer. In order to reap these benefits, an Institute of Medicine report noted that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for maximum health benefits is: 600 i.u./ a day for ages one through 70 (males and females). For infants under one year, the RDA is 400 i.u./ a day; for over 70 years, 800 i.u./ a day.
Breast-fed babies may not be getting their fair share
Breast-fed babies are healthier studies say, but if the mother fails to get sufficient vitamin D in her own diet, she places the baby at risk to develop rickets — an abnormality in bone development. According to a study by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, it was determined that babies will get enough vitamin D as long as the mother is supplementing her own vitamin D intake.
Obesity lowers vitamin D levels
Did you know that obesity, as well as pregnancy, might be preventing vitamin D from absorbing enough calcium for bone health? The Health Encyclopedia at the University of Rochester Medical Center stated that, “body fat binds to some vitamin D and keeps it from getting into the blood.” If vitamin D is unable to aid the absorption of enough bone-strengthening calcium, then it’s likely that you may be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency, risking bone-softening osteomalacia, and not even know it.
Kidney disease or liver malfunction prevent sufficient absorption
Both the liver and the kidneys play a part in making vitamin D useful to the body so if either one fails to work properly, a deficiency in vitamin D will result. In the case of severe kidney disease, patients are supplemented with a man-made form of vitamin D (doxecalciferol) to help correct high levels of parathyroid hormone levels.
Vitamin D3 ointment effective on elderly warts
These are a few of the various forms of man-made vitamin D:
- calcitrol – treats low levels of calcium in kidney disease patients;
- calcidiol – the storage form of vitamin D measured to see how much is in the body;
- calcipotriol – a vitamin D3 ointment
According to research, vitamin D2 and D3 can be administered orally, injected and as an ointment. Studies had already shown that using a vitamin D3 ointment (calcipotriol) would effectively treat psoriasis. A 2004 study showed that vitamin D3 applied as a topical ointment was just as effective in treating “senile” warts – a benign tumor found mostly on elderly individuals.