Having the right type of vitamins and minerals is an essential part of making sure that you’re healthy. But do you know what exactly these vitamins and minerals do for your body? Welcome to our vitamin and mineral spotlight!
Today we’re going to take a look at one of the component vitamins of vitamin D which is commonly known as the “sunshine vitamin”: Vitamin D3. This vitamin is essential to various functions of your body and can come from both sunlight and various supplements. But what exactly can it do for your body?
What is Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D3 is part of a group of compounds that make up vitamin D as a whole. Just like the other vitamins under vitamin D it can be made by your body through sunlight. It comes with a number of health benefits for you like:
Helping You Absorb More Calcium and Phosphorous
One of the reasons why you want to make sure that you have your supply of vitamin D3 is because it helps your body absorb other types of vitamins and minerals. It helps your body with calcium and phosphorus especially. Both of these minerals help with a number of functions like heart health and bone strength. We’re going to be going over calcium on our next spotlight, so stay tuned for that!
It Can Help Maintain Your Immune System
Another reason why you want to make sure that you have vitamin D3 and the rest of the vitamin D complex is to help your body and immune system stay strong. It is well known for helping to prevent the flu and colds. It can even help prevent more chronic illnesses like heart disease and liver problems.
It Can Help Your Bones Stay Strong
We’ve mentioned earlier that calcium can help your bones stay strong. However, calcium can be difficult to absorb without vitamin D3 helping it into your system. Your bones have to go through a lot of strain each day, especially if you have to do manual work. As the strain gets harder, your bones may be at risk. But, if you have enough vitamin D3 and calcium in your system, then your bones can have fewer issues.
Vitamin D3 Can Help With Weight Loss
Weight is a problem that many people have to deal with. Some will have trouble losing weight despite their efforts. One of the reasons why they’re having trouble with weight loss is that they may not be getting enough vitamin D3. It has an effect on how your body makes new fat cells and can even affect the storage of fat. So with enough of it in your system, your body can store much less fat and help you keep your weight low!
The Best Sources For Vitamin D3
Now that you know what vitamin D3 can do for you, you should also know about the best source of it.
It has a large number of sources. The most well known is getting enough sunlight, however certain food like milk, fatty fish and fortified cereals can also have it. There are also supplements that you can take advantage of incase you don’t have access to these foods.