The History and Importance of Vitamin D

TLDR Vitamin D, an essential nutrient, has a long history dating back to the diagnosis of rickets in ancient times. Deficiency in vitamin D is linked to various health issues, but increasing levels of vitamin D through sun exposure can greatly improve overall health.

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00:00 Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that is often deficient in the world's population, and its history dates back to the diagnosis of rickets in ancient times.
01:53 The discovery of treatments for rickets in the 20th century led to the identification of vitamin D, which is technically a fat-soluble steroidal hormone and comes in two main types: vitamin D2 and vitamin D3.
03:20 Vitamin D facilitates the absorption of minerals and is necessary for proper bone development, which is why cod liver oil was used as a treatment for rickets in children.
04:56 Vitamin D deficiency is linked to various health issues, including increased cancer risks, reduced cognitive function, and bone problems in both children and adults, and it plays a role in the activation of T cells in the immune system.
06:24 Vitamin D deficiency is a major global health problem, with estimates suggesting that up to a billion people may be affected, and spending too much time indoors is a major contributing factor.
07:54 Increasing levels of vitamin D might be the single easiest thing we can do to improve health across the board for the entire human population, and for most people, in most latitudes, the amount of sun exposure needed each day is probably no more than 10 to 20 minutes.
09:21 Vitamin D deficiency affects a large number of people around the world, but the solution is as simple as going outside and getting some sun.
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