Vitamin D or cholecalciferol is a fat-soluble vitamin important for bones and skin.
Vitamin D is synthesised in the body by the action of sunlight. It is important for the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Therefore essential for healthy teeth and bones.
Deficiencies are now relatively rare, but occur in some religious groups. Severe deficiency leads to rickets which is manifest with bow legs, also osteomalacia, pains in the bones and muscular weakness. Deficiencies are implicated in osteoporosis.
At a Glance...
Vitamin D the 'sunshine' vitamin required for the proper use of calcium.
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