Misconceptions of Vitamin D
While browsing about Vitamin D we learn about how it helps in building strong bones, reduces the risk of cancer, cardio vascular diseases, and whatnot. Vitamin D is not a super nutrient, but helps develop overall health; however, there is a catch to it. Our body can fall of short of it, and only sunlight won’t help in gaining it. The misconceptions surrounding this vitamin have blinded people from getting the required levels of vitamin D. In this blog, we look into a few misconceptions and the truth behind it.
Myth: UV rays can give enough Vitamin D needed by one’s body
Truth: Yes, the human body produces vitamin D when it comes in contact with sunlight. But, it doesn't produce vitamin D that suffices the need of a human body. The reason behind it is one cannot stand or be exposed to the sun for a long time.
The modern-day lifestyle does not allow us to be exposed to sunlight for a long period. The millennials spend their entire day in office that too wearing clothes that cover mostly all of their body (especially during driving). With a very minimum body being exposed to sunlight, one cannot argue on the fact that their body has sufficient vitamin D.
People having dark skin will have a harder time producing vitamin D. The pigment melanin present in their body reduces the level of vitamin D produced and thus the person has to stand under the sun for longer than expected (at least more than the light-skinned people). In addition, weather, climate change, skin ailments due to UV rays can affect the process of vitamin D production.
Myth: Eating Vitamin D rich food is all enough to get the required level of vitamin D
Truth: Though certain food like fish, milk, fish oil, egg yolks, and other vitamin D rich food will help in producing Vitamin D, however, it is not enough. This depends on factors like how often one eats vitamin-rich foods. Also, not forgetting about people who are vegetarians and allergic to milk. However, eating vitamin D rich foods is helpful up to an extent.
Myth: those who are at risk and are deficient of it should only consume vitamin D supplements
Truth: This has completely no relevance. Supplements are helpful in that matter and it suits people of every age group. While people who fall under the category of “risk” should consume the supplements all around the year, people in general can always consume Vitamin D supplements. Infants of age under 5, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people over the age of 65 are some of the people falling under the ‘risk’ category. Vitamin D Therapy
Myth: Being a fat-soluble vitamin, obesity won’t cause vitamin D deficiency
Truth: Vitamin D is indeed fat-soluble however, it does not mean that an obese person has enough vitamin D. Instead, obesity can be one of the causes of vitamin D deficiency. Studies published indicate that a high BMI with low vitamin D and later less blood sugar levels leading to other diseases. One of the reasons for this may be that obese people have less chance of their body converting vitamin D into its hormonally active form.