Chapter 8. Vitamin D

  1. G.F.M. Ball

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774571.ch8

Vitamins: Their Role in the Human Body

Vitamins: Their Role in the Human Body

How to Cite

Ball, G.F.M. (2004) Vitamin D, in Vitamins: Their Role in the Human Body, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774571.ch8

Author Information

  1. Consultant, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 NOV 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632064786

Online ISBN: 9780470774571



  • vitamin D;
  • intestinal absorption;
  • functional metabolism;
  • intestinal calcium absorption;
  • steroid hormones


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Historical overview

  • Chemistry and Biological Functions

  • Dietary Sources

  • Cutaneous Synthesis, Intestinal Absorption, Transport and Metabolism

  • Molecular Action of the Vitamin D Hormones

  • Calcium and Phosphate Homeostasis

  • Immunoregulatory Properties

  • Effects of Vitamin D on Insulin Secretion

  • Vitamin D-related Diseases

  • Therapeutic Applications of Vitamin D Analogues

  • Toxicity

  • Dietary Requirement

  • Further Reading

  • References