As a hormone, Calcitriol controls phosphorus, calcium, and bone metabolism and neuromuscular function. Vitamin D3 is the only vitamin the body can manufacture from sunlight (UVB).
What Is Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D is important for good overall health and strong and healthy bones. It’s also an important factor in making sure muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well and that your dog’s body can fight infection.
Your dog’s body can make its vitamin D from sunlight. The vitamin D that it gets from sunlight or supplementation has to be changed by the body a number of times before it can be used. Once it’s ready, the body uses it to manage the amount of calcium in the blood, bones and gut and to help cells all over the body to communicate properly.
What Does Vitamin D3 Do?
Vitamins are chemicals that are needed by a body for good health. They are vital for a body to work well to fight illness and heal properly.
The link between vitamin D and strong, healthy bones was made many years ago when doctors realised that sunlight, which allows you to produce vitamin D or taking cod liver oil, which contains vitamin D, helped to prevent a bone condition called rickets in children. Today, vitamin D is seen as a vital part of good health, and it’s important not just for the health of bones. Recent research is now showing that vitamin D may be important in preventing and treating a number of serious long term health problems.
Getting the right amount of vitamin D doesn’t depend on the foods you eat! Instead, getting the right amount depends on sun exposure and if you take a supplement.
Vitamin D isn’t like most other vitamins. Your dog’s body can make its vitamin D when you expose its skin to sunlight. But its body can’t make other vitamins. Your dog needs to get other vitamins from the foods it eats.
Also, what makes vitamin D unique compared to other vitamins, is that when the body gets its vitamin D, it turns vitamin D into a hormone. This hormone is sometimes called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.”
Vitamin D is very important for strong bones. Calcium and phosphorus are essential for developing the structure and strength of bones, and your dog needs vitamin D to absorb these minerals. Even if your dog eats foods that contain a lot of calcium and phosphorus, without enough vitamin D, it can’t absorb them into the body. Vitamin D is important for general good health, and researchers now are discovering that vitamin D may be important for many other reasons outside of good bone health. Some of the functions of the body that vitamin D helps with include:
- The immune system, which helps to fight infection.
- Muscle function.
- Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation.
- Respiratory system – for healthy lungs and airways.
- Brain development.
- Anti-cancer effects.
Scientists are still working to fully understand how vitamin D works within the body and how it affects overall health.
A lack of vitamin D has also been linked to some other conditions such as cancer, asthma, type-II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s and type-I diabetes.
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