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Vitamin D Awareness Week 2015 - 2016

We have written about vitamin D and the benefits of vitamin D in previous articles, however, with vitamin D awareness week fast approaching and the importance of vitamin D it is a subject worthy of revisiting.

Why is there a day dedicated to vitamin D? After all there are a whole host of vitamins that supplement your body with the shortcomings of your diet!

What is vitamin D?

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins our body needs and can affect our entire body if levels drop too low.

What most people don't know is that vitamin D is actually not a vitamin but more of a hormone. when our vitamin D levels are low we become tired and our energy levels drop. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption this is needed for bone growth and bone remodeling. Insufficient levels of vitamin D can promote bones to become thin, brittle or misshapen.

Are you vitamin D deficient?

Other than the general symptoms like tiredness bone pain, muscle pain, brittle bones and a decrease in energy there really is only one other way that you can determine whether you lack vitamin D and that is a blood test at your local doctors, this will be able to tell you what your vitamin D levels are at. If they are below 30 it means that you are lacking in vitamin D. The average range for men and women should be anything between 40 and 50 but anything over 30 is considered okay.

What are the benefits of taking vitamin D?

There are many different benefits of taking vitamin D. One of the main benefit is that vitamin D helps your body build calcium and calcium helps strengthen your bones and teeth. Vitamin D can help lower blood pressure and regulate your immune system, by regulating your immune system you have a better chance of fighting off diseases. Also vitamin D can decrease the risk of Osteoporosis, Heart disease, Dementia, Diabetes and also some Cancers.

Where can you find vitamin D?

This fat soluble vitamin can be found present in very few foods! But can be added to the diet via supplements. The best food sources for vitamin D would be most oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, some powdered milk can contain vitamin D, eggs, most fortified fat spreads and breakfast cereals can contain vitamin D. A lot of people think the main source of vitamin D is cows milk, unfortunately this is not always correct as in the UK cows milk is not fortified which means that it is largely lost with the removal of the milk fat as vitamin D is fat soluble.

One of the main ways of obtaining vitamin D is from sun exposure, Ultraviolet rays from the sun strike the skin they can trigger vitamin D synthesis.

How to get vitamin D in winter?

In the UK, there are many people who have a vitamin D deficiency. We have a poor climate for which in winter it is very difficult to absorb the required amount of UV light to generate vitamin D. In our opinion, the best way to fill the void in vitamin D levels is to take vitamin D tablets to supplement your diet.

How much vitamin D should I have?

This is fairly easy, most people have all the vitamin D they need, all they have to do is eat the right food sources by maintaining a healthy balanced diet and let's not forget the best way to obtain vitamin D, the sun! There is certain groups of the population that can be at risk of being vitamin D deficient, these are pregnant and breastfeeding woman, people over age of 65,  people who have darker skin, babies and children under the age of 5 and people who are not exposed to enough ultraviolet rays from the sun! All these groups can "top up" vitamin D intake via supplements.

Can you take too much vitamin D?

Yes you can, if you are taking a vitamin D supplement over a long period of time it can cause a build up of calcium that can be deposited into the kidneys and therefor cause damage. Also too much vitamin D intake can actually encourage calcium to be removed from your bones making them soft and weak. If you need to supplement your vitamin D intake you should take no more than 25 micro grams per day.

Should I take vitamin D tablets?

Personally, I do supplement my diet with vitamin D. I work long hours, i spend too much time in front of a computer and I exercise. My diet is as healthy as I am able to manage, however I am aware that my diet does not cover all requirements of a vitamin intake. Due to the fact that I use weights as part of my exercise routine, I also am aware that vitamin D helps my body absorb calcium which is essential. Your diet and routine may be very different to mine and again, I can not stress how important it is to ask your GP prior to taking supplements, after all the advice does not cost you a penny! Ultimately, the choice is yours. There are varied strengths of vitamin D available for which you can make an informed decision based on your individual circumstances.

Of course we offer a variety of vitamin D products for you to chose from. The customers that have purchased from our range of vitamin D tablets re-order on a monthly basis based on our expert, honest advice and quality of product of service.

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