Vitamin D is a fat-soluble substance that is associated with the absorption of magnesium, phosphate, and calcium in the intestine as well as other biological processes in our bodies. The major natural source of vitamin D is sunlight, thus being called the “sunshine” vitamin. While foods rich in vitamin D—such as beef liver, fish and fish oils, and fortified dairy products—provide a part of the daily needed amount for our bodies, it is not the same as regular exposure to the sun and taking supplements. Older people, people with little exposure to sunlight, people suffering from malnutrition are at a higher risk for suffering from Vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency may go unnoticed, hence it is recommended to take a test to determine its levels in the body. Some of the symptoms include:
• Muscle aches and weakness
Risks and complications of Vitamin D deficiency include developing dementia, heart disease, prostate cancer, schizophrenia, and severe eating disorders.