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By On October 31st, 2012

Levels of Vitamin D Could Have Far Reaching Effects

The importance of vitamin D to the human body grows seemingly every year. Cognitive decline and dementia are the most recent effects of low levels of vitamin D, which joins bone disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, depression and metabolic disorders.

Jennifer Gibson reports for Brain Blogger that various studies have been conducted on the relationship between inadequate levels of vitamin D and cognitive decline. Though the findings are not conclusive due to a variety of factors, there is evidence suggesting that, especially in males and females over the age of 65, mental status scores are higher in individuals with high levels of vitamin D. Also, Alzheimer’s patients generally were observed to have low levels of the vitamin in their system.

Skin pigmentation, age, sun exposure, geographic location and changes to behavior or diet can all contribute to vitamin D concentrations. However, it is important to maintain appropriate levels as vitamin D influences and regulates many body functions, including some vital jobs in the brain.

Typically, 15 mcg of vitamin D is recommended daily for both children and adults.

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