The researchers found that this organic compound is essential for the functioning of many major systems in the human body from immunity to bone metabolism.
“Vitamin D” is also linked to cardiovascular health, as its deficiency doubles the risk of severe disruption of the blood supply to the brain, according to the British newspaper, “Daily Express”.
This component is formed in the epidermis of the skin under the influence of ultraviolet rays, so its deficiency is observed in the UK and similar countries, where there is little sunlight.
Doctors said that in the winter months, the beneficial substance can be obtained by eating fatty fish, eggs, beef liver and milk.
A previous study concluded that vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor for heart failure, at least in part, by stimulating insulin resistance in the heart muscle.
The researchers pointed out that vitamin D deficiency is a contributing factor to increasing the risk of heart attacks, congestive heart failure, arterial disease, strokes, and conditions associated with cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
The researchers confirmed that “vitamin D” acts as a hormone that regulates more than 200 genes throughout the body.
The British National Health Service recommends that people who are not exposed to the sun and do not go outdoors a lot, take 10 micrograms of “vitamin D” daily throughout the year.