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Vitamin D and Neurotransmitters

Vitamin D and Neurotransmitters

Every tissue in the body has vitamin D receptors, including the brain, heart, muscles, and immune system, which means vitamin D is needed at every level for the body to function. Vitamin D is also the only vitamin that is a hormone.  After it is consumed in the diet or absorbed (synthesized) in the skin, vitamin D is then transported to the liver and kidneys where it is converted to its active hormone form.  Vitamin D as a hormone assists with the absorption of calcium, helping to build strong bones, teeth and muscles. In addition to its well-known role in calcium absorption, vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine, serotonin) that affect brain function and development.  Researchers have found vitamin D...

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