Vitamin D – the vitamin hormone

Show simple item record Muntingh, George L. 2017-02-24T05:51:06Z 2017-02-24T05:51:06Z 2016
dc.description.abstract Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in bone metabolism and seems to have some anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating properties. For most people sunlight is the most important source of vitamin D. The time required to make sufficient vitamin D varies according to a number of environmental, physical and personal factors, but is typically short and less than the amount of time needed to damage the skin e.g. reddening and burns. Enjoying the sun safely, while taking care not to burn, can help to provide the benefits of vitamin D without unduly raising the risk of skin cancer. Vitamin D supplements and specific foods can aid in maintaining sufficient levels of vitamin D, particularly in people at risk of deficiency. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty around what are “optimal” or “sufficient” levels, how much sunlight different people need to achieve a given level of vitamin D, and whether vitamin D protects against chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and the benefits and risks of widespread supplementation. en_ZA
dc.description.department Pharmacology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Muntingh, GL 2016, 'Vitamin D – the vitamin hormone', South African Family Practice, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 32-36. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2078-6190 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-6204 (online)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Medpharm Publications, NISC (Pty) Ltd, Taylor & Francis, and Informa business en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 The Author(s). Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons License [CC BY-NC-ND 4.0]. en_ZA
dc.subject Vitamin D en_ZA
dc.subject Eficiency en_ZA
dc.subject Chronic diseases en_ZA
dc.title Vitamin D – the vitamin hormone en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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