Apr 12, 2017 11:01 AM EDT
A recent study has found that many people are depending on Vitamin D supplements and pills without any particular deficiency of the aforementioned vitamin in their body. Researchers say people are taking to Vitamin D supplements to get rid of depression, fatigue, muscle weakness, even heart disease, and cancer, before knowing whether it is even beneficial for the disease or not.
According to The New York Times, Vitamin D supplements have become very much popular among people, so much that they don't even care to check whether they need it for their body or not. Researchers have also seen an increase in a number of people who have been tested for Vitamin D deficiency in their body. In fact, the number of people, mostly in the age group of 65 years and above, leaped a massive 83-fold from 2000 to 2010, as per the researchers.
Reportedly, laboratories involved in the testing of these blood samples are piling on the pressure to take Vitamin D supplements. These labs are adjourning normal amount of Vitamin D, 20-30 nanograms per milliliter of blood, as "abnormal" or "insufficient". Consequently, millions of people who are actually healthy are having a notion that they need Vitamin D supplements and are getting inclined towards taking a dangerous amount of Vitamin D. This can lead to having a poor appetite, nausea, and vomiting, say the researchers.
According to American Council on Science and Health, the proper amount of Vitamin D in the blood is essential for consistent well-being and normal bodily functions in a human body. It helps in proper absorption of calcium in the body, which in turn leads to strong bones. Diseases like rickets and osteoporosis can be avoided by the maintenance of the right amount of Vitamin D in the body.
Researchers also say that there is no need of taking fortified or supplemental foods for ensuring the presence of Vitamin D in a normal human being. The human body can get enough Vitamin D when exposed to Sunlight. Recent concern about skin cancer due to over-exposing to Sunlight is another reason people are depending on supplements rather than the natural ways, opine the researchers.
Researchers suggest that people should take the advice from medical experts in case of Vitamin D deficiency, along with proper blood test. Intermittent exposure to Sunlight is also necessary for maintaining a healthy amount of Vitamin D in the human body.
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