Here are three more surprising benefits of vitamin D.
In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in:
- reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis, according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical AssociationTrusted Source
- decreasing your chance of developing heart disease, according to 2008 findings published in CirculationTrusted Source
- helping to reduce your likelihood of developing the flu, according to 2010 research published in the American Journal of Clinical NutritionTrusted Source
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one studyTrusted Source, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
In one study, people taking a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement were able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. The scientists said the extra calcium and vitamin D had an appetite-suppressing effect.
In another study, overweight people who took a daily vitamin D supplement improved their heart disease risk markers.
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