Vitamin D is also known as sunshine vitamin and it is an essential nutrient for our body. It helps us to stay fit and healthy. Not only this, it reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, heart diseases and other major diseases. Vitamin D production in the body happens when the ultraviolet rays of the sun come in direct contact with the skin. It is very beneficial for bones, teeth and muscles. Deficiency of Vitamin D can cause joint problems and your body may also suffer from lack of calcium.
And according to a recent report by express.co.uk, vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of dementia. Almost 47 million people across the world are suffering from dementia and in India 4.1 million suffering from the particular disease.
Earlier in a study by Austrian researchers, it is claimed that people had a lower risk of dementia those who were more exposed to sunlight, a major source of vitamin D.
The research also found that around 1600 people developed Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia due to lack of vitamin D.
Though none of the studies has verified the link between vitamin D deficiency and dementia. But more studies related to this can help us to get some answer about this condition.
According to the ANI reports, Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research said, “Vitamin D plays an important role in keeping our bodies healthy and there are a number of studies that suggest a link between vitamin D deficiency and memory and thinking difficulties. While this new research suggests an association between low vitamin D levels and faster rates of memory loss, we don’t yet know whether taking supplements could stave off dementia or slow down a decline in those who are already living with the condition.”
But as of now to keep all these diseases at bay one should get all the natural sources of vitamin D. The natural sources of vitamin D are soy milk, fatty fish, eggs and mushrooms.