About 40 percent of adults in the US are deficient in Vitamin D, which means they’re missing out on some major health benefits. While everyone could benefit a daily dose of Vitamin D, men in particular should make sure they get enough of this vitamin. If you’re not familiar with the benefits of Vitamin D for men, here’s what you can look forward to when you increase those Vitamin D levels.
Reduce Risk of Cancer
Studies suggest that getting enough Vitamin D may help reduce the odds of getting cancer, as most cancer patients are low in Vitamin D. If you want to keep your cancer risk as low as possible, one of the simplest routes is to make sure your Vitamin D levels never get too low.
Boost Bone Strength
Calcium is often the vitamin people immediately think of when it comes to boosting bone strength, but Calcium alone isn’t the answer. Calcium needs to be paired with Vitamin D in order to facilitate and increase the rate at which Calcium is absorbed into the bones. No matter how young you are, if you’re focused on staying strong, a combination of Calcium + Vitamin D should be part of your daily regimen. As you age, getting enough Vitamin D becomes even more important, helping keep you up an active, and also reducing the risk of fractures.
Get Stronger Teeth
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about teeth—we often take strong teeth for granted. As we age, however, we often come to the stark realization that strong teeth aren’t given, we’ve got to work for those! That’s where Vitamin D comes in. Strong bones can also mean stronger teeth, and Vitamin D can also help avoid getting gaps in your dentin, which is good news for teeth—this substance is just as important as your tooth enamel. Bottom line, if you want your smile to stay great for years, you need to make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D.
Feel More Alert
If you’re prone to feeling forgetful or sometimes feel like you’re in a mental fog, increasing your Vitamin D intake may help. Studies have found that Vitamin D deficiency can reduce cognitive function and memory, so get your levels checked if you’re not feeling as alert as you once were.
Get Thicker Hair
Men and hair loss—always a touchy topic. Vitamin D can help. Studies suggest it can help create new follicles. This can help reduce hair loss and improve thickness of hair. Researchers at Harvard have also found that Vitamin D can help “wake up” follicles that have become dormant, which is when balding occurs. Is it a miracle cure? Absolutely not. But it can’t hurt if you’re on the quest to keep the hair you have and thicken what you’ve got.
If you work out regularly it’s important to know that strong bones and lean muscle mass go together. Want muscle definition? Get Vitamin D into your daily regime. Studies show this vitamin can improve lean muscle mass while reducing fat—and that’s a win-win.
Improve Heart Health
One of the most important reasons to get more Vitamin D in your diet, either by way of food or supplementation, is that it plays a big role in heart health. A growing number of studies point to Vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), strokes, heart attacks, and the conditions associated with cardiovascular disease (diabetes and high blood pressure to name a couple). Want to keep your heart healthy? Vitamin D is a no-brainer.
Get Healthier Overall
If you want to improve your immune system so you get sick less often, increase your levels of Vitamin D. Research shows that having lower levels of this vitamin in your system can increase your odds of infection. So if you want to stay healthy during flu season this year, just boost your Vitamin D intake.
So where can you get Vitamin D naturally? You can find it in foods like salmon, canned tuna, eggs, mushrooms, beef liver, and any milk, orange juice, or cereal that has been fortified with this vitamin. You can also improve Vitamin D levels slightly by getting a little sun every day, but that can be a challenge in cloudy regions and/or during the winter months in many areas. The best to ensure you’re getting the right amount of Vitamin D is to make taking a Vitamin D supplement a part of your daily routine.
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