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What is Vitamin D Good For?

What is Vitamin D Good For?

Vitamin D and Additive Awareness

At Dure, vitamin D as an essential ingredient that helps foster good health through our lifestyle products and supplements.

As food preferences change across the globe, many consumers are much more aware of what is in their food. Most prefer a well-balanced diet that consists of a range of different vitamins and nutritional benefits, but with so many vitamins, it can be hard to keep track of the benefits of each one.

In this article, we’ll take a more in-depth look at vitamin D and what it can do to improve your health. We’ll also examine the effects of having low Vitamin D.

What is Vitamin D and What Does It Do?

Vitamin D is considered a fat-soluble ‘secosteroid.’ There are five different forms of vitamin D, though they have very similar purposes. These are referred to as vitamin D1 through vitamin D5.

Vitamin D is consumable through supplements and certain types of food. It is also produced in your skin via sun exposure. While most humans receive some vitamin D through everyday sun exposure, increasing your exposure in an attempt to produce more vitamin D is not recommended. Excessive sun exposure, particularly without sunscreen, can increase your chance of skin cancer.

What are the Benefits of Vitamin D?

The benefits of vitamin D supplementation are still unclear. There are many claims that vitamin D benefits human bone health and can potentially reduce the risk of cancer. At the same time, some studies show this to be inconclusive.

Benefits of Vitamin D

There is evidence that higher rates of vitamin D can help prevent mortality in older patients. Problems do arise when you are deficient in vitamin D – it can cause bone problems and a variety of other issues. Many older individuals have issues related to drops in vitamin D levels.

What Foods Are High in Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is found naturally in a variety of different foods. Some foods that are high in vitamin D include fatty fishes (such as salmon or tuna), dairy products, soy milk, cheese, egg yolks, and orange juice.

Vitamin D Rich Foods

People also take vitamin D supplements via different pills and tablets, though this isn’t necessary if you have a diet that promotes vitamin D intake.

What Does It Mean to Have Low Vitamin D?

Low Vitamin D simply means you have a vitamin D deficiency. This occurs when you have low levels of vitamin D in your blood.

What are the Side Effects of Low Vitamin D?

There are many side effects associated with low vitamin D levels. Most of these side effects are related to bone strength and health. Reduced bone density is common in individuals with prolonged vitamin D deficiencies.

The reason vitamin D helps bone health is that it improves the metabolism of calcium within your body. For this reason, vitamin D is also used to help prevent Rickets and other bone diseases.

Also, in elderly individuals, low vitamin D can result in increased chances of mortality via injuries from slips and falls.

Summing it up…

In those with regular sun exposure and a healthy diet, vitamin deficiencies are uncommon.

None the less, deficiencies can lead to reduced bone health, and there is some research that it may also result in other adverse effects such as depression.

The Future of GMO

The Future of GMO

Fishing for Better Genetics

It has been some time since genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) became commercialized around the world. Amongst the most common changes that the world has seen up to now was herbicide and insect resistance of plants. For example, Canadian consumers will soon get access to a genetically modified salmon that can grow to market size in half the time as regular salmon. It also requires less feed.

As one can see from this and the approval thereof by regulatory authorities, genetically modified crops and other GMO food can potentially reduce the input costs of the food industry significantly.

The Future of GMO Food

There are many developments in the area of genetically modified food that the world can expect to be realized in the future. This includes things such as pigs that are resistant to disease, dairy cows without horns, and chickens that are resistant to bird flu. Sheep are also expected to become more productive in terms of wool and mutton production.

All of this sounds interesting, but food producers should not hold their breath as these developments may take years to become a reality – if they ever do. The developments that already saw the light of day, however, are playing an integral part in the production of biotech crops.

Resistance of Pests

Resistance to herbicides and insects is a past development that will continue to be improved and expanded, especially since some organisms of weed are becoming resistant to non-selective systemic herbicides like glyphosate.

The prioritization will, in future, also start to shift from new technologies to improved management practices. This is because, as more insect-resistant crops are being planted, insects themselves are becoming more resistant to developments in technology. Since this battle between pests and technology can’t continue forever, crop management will start to see its own improvements and developments, like planting crops that are not genetically modified next to GM crops.

The Future of GMO

Obstacles for GMO’s

In the future, the GMO food industry may be facing much more challenges than resistant insects and weeds. Regulatory authorities don’t take these practices lightly and getting them approved can be a headache to role players in the GMO industry.

The introduction of new genes into animals is also an issue that requires consumer acceptance. This means that certain developments in the future of GMO food will not only be limited by technological limitations, but also by social ones.

Changes in Technology

Technologies like genome-editing tools are constantly being improved and it allows for the introduction of new genes into organisms. Not only do these developments allow for more affordable and quicker genetic modification, but it also makes it possible for more and smaller role players to take part in genome editing and genetic modification of organisms.

Conclusion

Predicting GMO’s of the future is not that easy. There are many different factors at play which include the management of risks and the approval of the international community. Government regulations are also a barrier that can inhibit GMO developments. In the long-haul, chances are that GMO foods will bring about significant changes in food production.