Evolution and function of vitamin D.

  title={Evolution and function of vitamin D.},
  author={Michael F Holick},
  journal={Recent results in cancer research. Fortschritte der Krebsforschung. Progres dans les recherches sur le cancer},
  • Michael F Holick
  • Published 2003 in
    Recent results in cancer research. Fortschritte…
It is remarkable that phytoplankton and zooplankton have been producing vitamin D for more than 500 million years. The role of vitamin D in lower non-vertebrate life forms is not well understood. However, it is critically important that most vertebrates obtain an adequate source of vitamin D, either from exposure to sunlight or from their diet, in order to develop and maintain a healthy mineralized skeleton. Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized epidemic in most adults who are not exposed to… CONTINUE READING