Vitamin D is perhaps one of the most vital vitamins for facilitating normal human body functions. It helps in regulating the absorption of minerals like calcium, phosphorous, etc., and maintaining the immune system of our body. Vitamin D is also necessary for the normal growth of bones and teeth, and that’s the reason why our mother massaged our muscles under direct sunlight when we were babies.
According to famed publications such as ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and ‘Circulation’, Vitamin-D aids in decreasing the chance of developing heart diseases, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, and depression. According to a study published in the ‘Journal of American Medical Association’, vitamin D has an appetite suppressing effect and helps in weight loss.
Writing about vitamins, a joke crossed my mind – something which my uncle told me when I was a kid, who wouldn’t eat his food.
“A, B12, C, D and E show up at your door. What would you do?
In-Vitamin. Get it?”
To this day, I cannot eat eggs with a straight face.
On a more serious note, Vitamin-D deficiency is a very serious issue among Indians. An article in the TOI revealed that a whopping 69% of Indians suffer from Vitamin-D deficiency and a further 15% are Vitamin-D insufficient. Owing to the hot and humid climatic conditions in our country many are spending time indoors in an attempt to avoid sun exposure completely depriving their body of the natural sunlight which is essential for the human body to naturally produce Vitamin D. The situation is further aggravated with the COVID-19 pandemic outburst, with individuals having long working hours and little to no time for outdoor activities.
Can you guess the nickname for Vitamin-D? Keep reading to know what it is.
At the time when the pandemic is driving everyone indoors, we really need Vitamin D more than ever and have to make sure that we are supplementing its intake through other sources.
What is the alternative?
Exposing our skin to sunlight for a short time boosts Vitamin-D production, however it is not feasible due to the current scenario and therefore it becomes important for consumption of food sources rich in Vitamin-D.
There are many versatile foods rich in Vitamin D that can be incorporated into our daily meals. Fresh farm eggs produced from egg poultry farms are one of the best natural supplements of Vitamin D. Just having two eggs a day, boosts your daily Vitamin-D intake by almost 82 percent.
Each egg yolk contains 40IUs of Vitamin-D which is the highest quantity of it among any other foods. Since eggs contain both vitamin D3 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, they provide five times the biological activity of vitamin D. This provides the scope to meet the recommended daily requirements for both children and adults without any detrimental effect on health.
How can Vitamin-D deficiency affect you?
Eggs help supplement vitamin D. However, if even our egg consumption is low, then the kidneys are unable to gather and convert vitamin D into its active form. This is especially true in the case of older people because with old age the kidneys lose their efficiency in converting vitamin D into its active form. People with a body mass index of 30 or more, run the risk of having low vitamin D in their bodies.
Vitamin-D deficiency reduces the immunity or resistive power of the body leading to exposure to diseases. Further, this also causes severe bone and muscle pains rendering the body unable to take the stairs or even walk. Stress fractures in the legs, hips, and pelvis are very common among people with severe deficiency of vitamin D.
So for those who are wondering, “Why on earth would a vitamin have a nickname?” the nickname of Vitamin-D is ‘sunshine vitamin’. Isn’t it so obvious?
The government of India has taken serious steps in increasing the per capita egg consumption among the citizens to combat the issue of vitamin D deficiency. Campaigns like ‘Roz Khao Ande’ by NECC have had far-reaching effects in increasing the country’s per capita consumption from six in the year 1990 to one hundred and six in the year 2020. Advancements in science, research, and technology have further educated people on the benefits of consuming eggs as part of their daily diet to boost their overall health and vitamin D intake.
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