Most people know vitamin D as the vitamin food producers put in our milk that is important for bone health. Why? Its primary function is to maintain blood calcium levels and contribute to bone health. This is especially true for children.
It was the lack of adequate blood levels of vitamin D in young children that led to a bone disease called rickets and the subsequent discovery of vitamin D3 in the 1930’s. This disfiguring and extremely painful childhood bone disease was rampant in the period before vitamin D3’s addition to dairy products and breakfast cereals.
Vitamin D3 is important for calcium absorption, but once we are adults we have such a massive store of calcium in our bones that we can get by with remarkedly low levels of vitamin D3 for extended periods of time and yet still have normal blood levels of calcium.
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