Vitamin D is a steering hormone that controls the expression over a thousand different genes in your body. The primary source of Vitamin D is UV- Radiation, our skin can make Vitamin D upon exposure to UV Radiation. Though we are not the only one with this ability. Mushroom also has an ability to make vitamin D upon UV Radiation exposure and mushroom has been out in the sun and a great source of vitamin D.
There are few factors that affect our ability to produce and use vitamin D:
- Sunscreen: Sunscreen blocks UV Radiation
- Skin Pigmentation: Melanin is a natural sunscreen
- Age: As we age, our body became less efficient in producing vitamin D. A 70 year old produces four times less than 20 year olds.
- Body Fat: Body fat affects the ability to use vitamin D by reducing bioavalability of Vitamin D that is fat soluble. The more of the vitamin D store in fat, the less it is being released in your blood stream.
There is a sweet spot in Vitamin D, too much is as bad as too little. The optimum level of vitamin D in serum are considered between 30 and 80 nanograms per milliliter of serum. The best and easy way to increase your vitamin D levels is to increasing your dietary intake. Richest source of Vitamin D is fish.
Vitamin D has been shown to regulate the aging process. Telomeres are tips of chromosomes. They protect our DNA. Telomere length is a biological marker for aging. Those individuals who have low levels of Vitamin D has the shortest of Telomeres. Telomeres shortening correlated to 5 years of biological aging.