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calciferol:

see vitaminvitamin,
group of organic substances that are required in the diet of humans and animals for normal growth, maintenance of life, and normal reproduction. Vitamins act as catalysts; very often either the vitamins themselves are coenzymes, or they form integral parts of coenzymes.
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calciferol

[kal′sif·ə‚rōl]
(biochemistry)
A synthetic form of vitamin D that is prepared by ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol, a vitamin D precursor found in plants.

calciferol

a fat-soluble steroid, found esp in fish-liver oils, produced by the action of ultraviolet radiation on ergosterol. It increases the absorption of calcium from the intestine and is used in the treatment of rickets. Formula: C28H43OH
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AS THE days get shorter and duller, the UK gets less and less sunlight - which means its residents get less and less vitamin D -the sunshine vitamin. And not getting enough of this essential vitamin can lead to health problems, including the bone-deformity disease rickets, which is on the rise in UK children.
Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine vitamin" because your skin synthesizes it from exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.
"Without a doubt absorption of Vitamin D, which is known as the 'sunshine vitamin', can be increased by exposure to the sun," he said.
Many people think of vitamin D as the "sunshine vitamin." During exposure to sunlight, ultraviolet photons enter the skin and convert 7-dehydrocholesterol to previtamin D3, which, in turn, is converted to vitamin D3.
While earlier studies have suggested that a lack of the sunshine vitamin is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, this study found that people with very low vitamin D levels were more than twice as likely to develop any kind of dementia.
Dr Tijani pointed out that Vitamin D was often known as the sunshine vitamin as the body produces it in response to sunlight, however it can also be included in the diet, naturally occurring in some fish and egg yolk as well as in fortified functional dairy and grain products.
As the main source of vitamin D is sunlight - so much so that it is often referred to as the "sunshine vitamin" - the smog-filled cities of Victorian Britain bred the perfect conditions for this disease as the sunlight simply couldn't get through.