Completing the D deficiency | Herald of the Deccan

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Vitamin D is an extremely essential vitamin, and people with vitamin D deficiency often complain of general fatigue and weakness, preventing them from going about their daily lives. Taking supplements can help improve energy levels as there are relatively few foods that contain vitamin D and it is quite difficult to get this vitamin from diet alone. Vitamin D is one of the most commonly prescribed nutritional supplements because many people are vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency around the world. There are a number of variables that can affect how well the medicine works for you, such as when and how you take it each day. Taking vitamin D at the right time of the day can have a significant impact on its absorption and effectiveness. As a hormone, vitamin D differs from other vitamins because your skin produces it when exposed to the sun. Vitamin D is crucial for your health, as studies have shown that it may play a role in immunological function, bone health, cancer prevention, and more. There are a few diet options that can meet your vitamin D needs if you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors. The risk of vitamin D insufficiency is significantly higher in the elderly, those with darker complexions, those who are obese and those who live in places with little sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency affects 70 to 90% of Indians, according to research. A simple and effective strategy to make sure you get enough vitamin D is to take a supplement.

Is there increased absorption when combined with meals?

In order to get the most out of your vitamin D supplement, you need to eat foods that are high in fat, such as oily fish or nuts. Therefore, vitamin D tablets should be taken with a meal to maximize absorption. After just 2 to 3 months of taking vitamin D with the main meal of the day, blood levels of vitamin D increased by about 50%, according to research. Other research found that vitamin D supplementation after a high fat meal increased vitamin D blood levels by 32% after 12 hours, compared to a fat-free meal. Nutritional fats like avocados and whole dairy products, as well as eggs, nuts, and seeds, can help your body absorb vitamin D.

Is it better to make it part of your morning routine?

Many people choose to start their day with supplements such as vitamin D. There are several reasons why it is more convenient and easier to remember to take your vitamins in the morning than at other times. For those who take a lot of supplements, this is especially relevant as it can be difficult to distribute them throughout the day, especially if you are taking a variety of medications. That is why you may want to start taking your vitamin D pill with a nutritious meal each morning.

Use at the end of the day can interfere with sleep: myth or reality?

Vitamin D levels have been linked to a person’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. According to various research, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a higher incidence of sleep disturbances, poorer level of sleep quality, and overall shorter sleep time. On the flip side, other research found that increased vitamin D levels were associated with decreased melatonin levels in people with multiple sclerosis. Melatonin is the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. At nighttime, vitamin D consumption has been reported to interfere with the production of melatonin, which has been linked to poor quality of sleep. However, there is currently no scientific evidence to support the idea that taking vitamin D supplements at night could have an impact on sleep. It may be wise to explore and find out what works best for you before there are studies to back it up.

(The author is an academician.)


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