Vitamin D- Are You Getting Enough ?!

Written by Maryam Haki Al-doori
Posted on November 15, 2019

When people exposed to the sun, body start produce vitamin D.

For example, an individual who has variation in the VDR gene will have a significant low vitamin D level. As a result, this individual will have a higher risk of developing vitamin deficiency compared to individuals who don’t have variation in the VDR gene. 

Bewildered if you’re getting sufficient vitamin D or not? well, you’re not alone.

The research on Vitamin D is hot nowadays. Did you know that deficiency of the vitamin has been associated with many health conditions, from depression to multiple sclerosis and poor bone health?.

As a result of that, many people take supplement to ensure they get enough amount of the vitamins, especially in the winter season.

Let’s have a look at the results of the new studies to get down to the bottom of it. Here are the answers to most of your questions.

So, what is meant by Vitamin D?

First of all, it is not a true vitamin. Because vitamins defined as nutrients that your body cannot make it, and therefore a person hast consume it in the diet. However, the human body can produce it as a response to sun exposure.

Why is it important to get a sufficient amount of vitamins?

Vitamin D has a vital role in maintaining general body health status, it involves in:

  • Has a protective role against FLU/Influenza 
    – A recent study in 2018, found that it shows a protective role against Influenza virus. As it boosts the immune system which is involved in the body defence mechanism during a virus attack.
  • Maintaining healthy bones
    – Vitamin D a crucial role in managing calcium in bones, blood, and gut. According to recent research 2018, it involved in regulating and maintaining Calcium and Phosphorus levels in the blood and bone. Which are essential components for bone health.
  • Children health
    – Babies and young children who have a deficiency in vitamin D may be at greater risk of high blood pressure later in childhood.
    -According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), infants with a low level of the vitamin are more likely to have a peanut or egg allergy when compared to a normal healthy infant. Another study by (AAAAI) suggests that there is a link between allergy initiation process (sensitization) and a low level of the vitamin.
  • Involved in a healthy pregnancy
  • Anti-cancer properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

Do you know the daily requirement of vitamin D?

There is no specific local data on the daily intake requirement for vitamin D. Malaysia follows the FAO/WHO 2002 guideline for the requirement per day as the following:
0 – 11 months 5 μg/day
1 – 50 years. 5 μg/day
51 – 65 years 10 μg/day
> 65 years 15 μg/day

Sources of Vitamin D:

Most common vitamin D sources
Most common vitamin D sources

Let’s see what are the causes of the vitamin  deficiency?

  • Skin tone
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Overuse of sunblock cream
  • Breastfeeding
  • Genetics

Now let’s have a closer look from the genetic perspective

It’s important to realise that the worldwide vitamins deficiency prevalence significantly increased and the effect of this on human health. As a consequence of vitamin D deficiency, increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and some cancers.

Studies show that gene variations associated with vitamin D deficiencies involved with cholesterol synthesis, metabolism, and transport of vitamin D around the body. The researchers found that the risk of the vitamin deficiency is directly proportional to the number of gene variant you have.

Genetic testing and vitamin deficiency

So if you’re wondering if you may be genetically prone to vitamin deficiency? Try our DNA Explorer Essential to find out the DNA predispositions that could affect your vitamin level. By understanding your genetic makeup for common nutrition traits, you can modify your life in a better way.

The important fact that we need to take note is that there are around 2000 genetic variations in our DNA that affect our health.

Some of these genetic variations are dangerous, some are not, and some may make nutrients that help others useless to you. Another key point, each of us has different vitamin requirements based on our genetic composition.

The right choice of vitamin dosages can create a healthy lifestyle, fighting diseases, restore the energy we’ve lost, helping us sleep better, and plenty of other benefits.

For more information about your genes, feel free to check out our website here or chat with us on Facebook to exchange ideas.

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