Health Benefits of Vitamin D3

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Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is useful in maintaining bone health and decreasing pain associated with fibromyalgia. Find out how vitamin D3 can be made in the human body with help from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on health and nutrition.

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My name is Christine Marquette, and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness, and I'm going to talk to you about the benefits of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is also known as cholecalciferol, and it's the type of vitamin that's found naturally. It's in different foods, and it's also a type that can be synthesized by our body when we're exposed to sunlight. This particular vitamin is used primarily in maintaining our bone health. We need it at the same time that we need calcium to keep our bones strong. It helps prevent the weakening of the bones. It also is being learned that it has many other functions in our body. There's a lot of research being done in vitamin D3 right now in seeing how it has that potential to affect many different functions, many different disease states as well. Things such as autism, multiple sclerosis, ADHD -- just a host of different disease conditions -- also, pain in the joints, possible interactions with other vitamins and minerals at different levels than what we thought in the past. There's a potential that it can help positively decrease pain associated with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and various other joint pain related conditions or different types of arthritis. So there are actually a lot of potential benefits to vitamin D3 that are currently being researched. What we know for sure is that it definitely is needed for maintaining our bone health, preventing the weakening of bones. And another potential area of research is with diabetes -- it may actually help our body's response to insulin. So there are many, many benefits to vitamin D3. It currently, again, can be made in our body when our skin is exposed to sunlight. It is found naturally in some foods, and more and more foods that have vitamin D fortification are now being fortified with this specific type -- with vitamin D3.

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