New Topics in Vitamin D Research

New Topics in Vitamin D Research

Written by: Veronica D. Stolzt

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  • Publisher: Nova Publishers
  • Publish Date: 2006
  • ISBN-10: 1600210015
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Vitamin D is a fat-soluble steroid hormone precursor that contributes to the maintenance of normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the bloodstream. Strictly speaking, it is not a vitamin since human skin can manufacture it, but it is referred to as one for historical reasons. It is often known as calciferol. The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. It promotes bone mineralisation in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals and hormones. Without vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, soft or misshapen. Vitamin D prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults - skeletal diseases that result in defects that weaken bones. This book gathers international research on the leading-edge of the scientific front.

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