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What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D

Vitamin D

One of the most important vitamins within your body, vitamin Vitamin D is naturally produced by you from the sun! There are alternative sources of vitamin D supplied by Body Goal for those who require supplementation.

Lets take a look at Vitamin D! Vitamin D is one of our most requested products and plays a vital role in the human body. Vitamin D is a main topic of of discussion in the medical sector at the moment as the properties of Vitamin D and vitamin D tablets are proving to be beneficial to many aspectes of human health.

Vitamin D can be delivered by natural  sunlight, for free! That's right, Vitamin D3 is made by the human skin when exposed to U V rays from the sun. It is a little known fact that the skin makes around 90% of the Vitamin D within our body. This is fantastic news for those of us who are constantly out doors exposed to the sun. The reality is that most of us, due to reasons such as work, lifestyle or health may not get the exposure that is required.


Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3

There are two different types of vitamin D. The two different forms of Vitamin D are known as Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D2, which is also known as ergocalciferol, comes from differend fortified foods, plant foods, and various types of supplement delivery systems such as Vitamin D tablets. Vitamin D3 which is also known as cholecalciferol, also comes from different fortified foods, some animal foods such as fish, eggs, and liver, and can be made internally when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. A little known fact is that Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. A fat soluble vitamin such as Vitamin D is a vitamin that is stored in our fat cells for use when the body requires it.

 

Vitamin D Benefits

It is a well known fact that vitamin d helps you achieve healthy bones due to the fact that it helps with the absorption of calcium. Calcium is an essential mineral for the development of bones and maintaining healthy bones through your life.  There is now strong evidence reaching the surface and exposing vitamin d as a fantastic supplement to help lower blood pressure, reduce risk of diabetes or lower your chances of heart attacks, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis. In general, vitamin d is an all out winning supplement for immune support and should seriously be considered a normal part of your daily food and supplement intake. It is only recently that vitamin D has become a leader in health supplements and we would suggest that you invest in some vitamin D tablets as part of your daily intake providing your MD states that it is safe to do so.

 

Vitamin D Tablets

The best way to deliver Vitamin D is to take Vitamin D tablets. Tablets are the most common method and it is possible to control the dosage more accurately. If you are considering taking vitamin d tablets and already have a health condition that requires medication, always consult a doctor. Although it is very unlikely that Vitamin D tablets will conflict with your medication, we say - better safe than sorry!

What size pack sizes are Vitamin D tablets supplied in? The common pack sizes that you can buy Vitamin D Tablets in is usually 30, 60, 90 and 120 tablets per pack. Usually, the more Vitamin D tablets you buy per pack, the better the value per tablet!

 

Is Vitamin D for you?

Each and every person is unique and requires a specific balance of nutrients. We always advise contacting your GP for advice before using Vitamin D tablets & supplements as there may be a possibility of conflict with regards to existing medication. However, it is also important to note that Vitamin D supplements are just that, supplements! You should always seek to obtain your Vitamin D from natural organic food sources. Vitamin D tablets exist to supplement those who can not generate enough Vitamin D and those who require extra levels of Vitamin D within the daily diet due to intensive exercise or the lack of available natural sources of Vitamin D.

 

Vitamin D Deficiency 

Vitamin D Deficiency

There are a number of reasons why vitamin D deficiency may occur:

  1. Many vegans are at risk of not consuming the recommended levels of vitamin D over a long period of time due the fact that most of the natural sources of vitamin D come from animal based foods. The main type of foods that offer a natual source of vitamin D are fish, fish oils, egg yolks, cheese, fortified milk and beef liver.
  2. The Sun offers a natural source of vitamin D as your skin is able to make the vitamin when exposed to the sunlight.
  3. Many people that are homebound, or have an occupation that requires working indoors wirthout access to natural sunlight may be at risk of vitamin D defficiency.
  4. Dark skin can increase the risk of having a vitamin D defficiency as the melanin pigmant reduces the skins ability to make as much vitamin D.
  5. Elderley people are more likely to contract a vitamin D deficiency. As people age, the kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D.
  6. Some medical conditions such as Crohn's disease, celiac disease and cystic fibrosis can directly effect the intestines ability to absorb adequate levels of vitamin D from digestion.
  7. If you have a body mass index of 30 or more, there is an increased risk of vitamin D defficiency within your body.

 

Date: 08/04/2015

Author: Paige Williams

Category: Vitamin D