Too Little Vitamin D
Supplement your vitamin D intake.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble pro-hormone that exhibits numerous effects in the body and does far more than promote healthy bones and teeth. It exists in two major forms called vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).
Vitamin D3 is produced in skin following exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B radiation. Vitamin D is converted into 25-hydroxy-vitamin D which is the primary circulating form in our bodies. This form is then converted into the active form of the vitamin, namely 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D by the kidneys.
So why Supplement if we can naturally get it?
Due in part to the fact that people are now using sun-blocking agents more so than ever before, and are advised to avoid exposure to the sun, over 50% of the adult population in the United States is vitamin D deficient.
Even the latest events in our County i.e., the Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be challenging for those not in optimal health, and being Vit D deficient is part of that conversation. As a consequence, supplementation with vitamin D is essential.
The active form of vitamin D is responsible for numerous body functions including promoting healthy bones and teeth. It has been shown that supplementing with vitamin D decreases the incidence of bone fractures in the elderly by as much as one-third. Other functions of vitamin D include supporting the immune system, modulating inflammation, and decreasing the incidence of various forms of cancers including cancers of the colon, prostate, breasts, and other tissues. Recent studies have also indicated that vitamin D may help prevent the onset of diabetes. Also, did you know to be deficient in Vit D causes weight gain? Yes, its makes it so much harder to lose weight.
The Daily Value (DV) for vitamin D is 400 IU. However, numerous studies suggest that this amount is insufficient to meet our bodies’ needs and that significantly higher levels are required to provide optimal benefits. Recent studies have suggested that the upper limit of safety for vitamin D is approximately 10,000 IU.
Make sure your getting your vitamin D daily. We take ours at bedtime to improve better absorption rates as our body heals and restores itself during sleep.