Chondrocytes: New Contractors To Help Vitamin D Build Bones

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 05:00 AM EST

... A lack of vitamin D in the diet causes several bone diseases, including rickets and osteoporosis. This is because, through binding the vitamin D receptor (VDR), vitamin D controls the amount of calcium and phosphates (which are both essential for maintaining healthy bones) in our bodies. It is thought that these effects of vitamin D are mediated by the VDR in the intestines and kidney. [click link for full article] ...