Vitamin; Hormone precursor - often referred to as a brain hormone
Uses: Anyone living in UT (given the way Utah sits on the equator, even sitting outside all day is likely not enough sunlight to maintain optimal levels) without contraindications for treatment. Certain meds contribute to deficiency (anti-seizure medications, bile acid sequestrants, steroids, and weight loss medications, which bind fats; along with d/o with fat malabsorption;ie;.celiac disease, Crohn disease, pancreatic insufficiency, cystic fibrosis, short gut syndrome, and cholestatic liver disease, are associated with low levels) Certain hormones can be affected by Vitamin D levels and testosterone levels can decrease as much as 25% with inadequate vitamin D levels.
-Precursor to immune defending cytokines
-Antioxidant properties->Cancer and autoimmune protection