Vitamin D: The 'Sunshine' Vitamin
Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 9, 2014
Men need various vitamins to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Vitamin D is referred to as the sunshine vitamin because the human body converts sunlight into vitamin D when the rays encounter the skin. It is a dietary supplement found in many foods such as, fish, eggs, fortified milk, cod liver oil, and as a supplement. Vitamin D is beneficial to everyone's health; however, there are specific benefits that apply to men.
Improved Mental Ability
According to the Men’s Fitness, vitamin D can improve a man's brain function. Age affects the cognitive function of the brain negatively in men, which researchers have linked to vitamin D deficiency. According to research, the hippocampus and cerebellum, which are the parts of the brain in charge of planning, processing and forming new memories, include traces of vitamin D, which are important for their functioning.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that consuming vitamin D can help men lose abdominal fat and prevent weight gain. A high vitamin D intake increases the leptin levels, a hormone that alerts the body to stop eating. Research also links vitamin D deficiency to insulin resistance, which leads to excess hunger increasing the need to overeat.
Boosts Reproduction Function
According to Medical News Today, vitamin D helps in boosting men’s sex drive. An increase in vitamin D in the body directly increases the testosterone levels. A higher testosterone level increases masculinity and affects the sex drive positively. Reproduction online also supports this by stating that vitamin D plays a major role in developing mature and functioning spermatozoa in males.
Men have a tendency to lose hair as they grow old, commonly referred to as balding. According to the Hair Loss Research, vitamin D plays an important role in preventing this hair loss by maintaining a healthy hair follicle, which ensures the hair remains healthy and strong. Vitamin D also helps in the absorption of calcium, which helps in the secretion of hormones, such as biotin, that promote the growth of strong healthy hair.
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