That Undercover Vitamin

That Undercover Vitamin



There is​ a​ sly vitamin sneaking around town,​ wandering around your body under cover of​ your skin. This "vitamin" has a​ single purpose,​ although some researchers suspect he has ulterior motives. He goes by the​ inconspicuous handle of​ "D" – Vitamin D.


Don't be fooled by his clever disguise. D is​ no vitamin. He's a​ steroid hormone,​ slipping through your body under guise of​ a​ vitamin. And he doesn't have dozens of​ functions,​ like vitamin C or​ vitamin E,​ just one vital mission – to​ mineralize your bones!


Mineralization is​ a​ key objective of​ every body. Imagine if​ we​ all had flabby bones. the​ world would look like a​ Salvador Dali nightmare. Vitamin D saves us from having flabby bones.


More importantly,​ vitamin D saves us from having brittle bones. He prevents us from rickets and osteomalacia by balancing the​ calcium and phosphorous in​ our blood. Ooh,​ that D is​ a​ clever one. Not only is​ he a​ master of​ disguises,​ but he is​ a​ master chemist,​ constantly monitoring,​ measuring and balancing the​ mix so it​ just right to​ ensure everybody has strong and healthy bones.


Word on​ the​ grapevine is​ that 30% to​ 40% of​ hip fractures in​ elderly people are the​ result of​ insufficient vitamin D. So we​ caught up with D,​ and managed to​ slip away with a​ rare interview transcript:


"D,​ some of​ your fans can't get enough of​ you. What should they do?"


"Get plenty of​ sun. That is​ the​ key. Where the​ sun touches your skin,​ that's where I will be."


"But,​ D,​ what about people who can't? What about people in​ the​ far north,​ or​ those who wear head-to-toe clothing or​ who are stuck indoors?"


"If you find yourself overdressed in​ a​ dungeon in​ Mongolia,​ get a​ good multi-vitamin supplement."


"D,​ that's a​ wonderful idea."


"Or drink lots of​ milk,​ fortified with me,​ of​ course. Some breakfast cereals are fortified with me,​ too. I also hang out in​ a​ lot of​ saltwater fish,​ like tuna and sardines and herring and salmon. And I love to​ slip around in​ the​ ol' cod liver oil."


"So if​ we​ can't get enough sun,​ milk and fish will do the​ trick."


"That's right,​ but be careful about milk products. Not all of​ them are made with fortified milk. I make no commitment to​ be there if​ they are not."


"What about the​ supplements,​ D?"


"A good multivitamin supplement should do it​ for most people. Get a​ liquid supplement,​ cause those pills just don't digest. You just end up flushing me down the​ toilet...ooh,​ I hate that feeling."


"Yuck."


"And you shouldn't need a​ specific vitamin D supplement,​ because it​ is​ possible to​ overdose. And you wouldn't want too much of​ a​ guy like me around."


That was all we​ could slip through the​ lines. But I think we​ learned a​ lot about what it​ is​ like to​ live the​ life of​ a​ secret vitamin. to​ our hero,​ vitamin D,​ we​ offer our best wishes. May everybody get plenty of​ vitamin D to​ keep their bones strong and healthy for many years to​ come.





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