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Vitamin D Benefits
Vitamin D benefits have been in the spotlight over the past few years. One major reason for this is the increase in cases of Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is a vitamin and pro-hormone which is rarely found in natural foods. Our bodies naturally produce it by synthesizing ultraviolet light from the sun. It is required in the body to make proper use of calcium for stronger bones and teeth. Vitamin D deficiency is often the cause of bone diseases in children and adults, including osteoporosis and rickets.
Health experts are becoming more concerned about the impact of not getting enough sunlight in the body. Our summers are wetter than usual, we spend hours cooped up indoors and when we do get out in the sun we tend to cover ourselves in high factor suntan lotions. Added to this, the stresses and strains of modern life are making it increasingly difficult to make our own Vitamin D.
The Government has recently become concerned with the low Vitamin D status of many people in the UK and they advise “that to ensure sufficient intake, the following groups of people should take a vitamin D supplement:
• All pregnant and breast feeding women.
• All infants and young children from 6 months to 5 years of age.
• Older people aged 65 and over
• People who have low or no exposure to the sun.”
Vitamin D is most commonly known for its role in building strong bone and teeth and helping to prevent osteoporosis. These are however only a couple of the benefits of vitamin D, it is now known to have the following other important functions:
• Plays a major function in our overall health and well-being
• Supports the immune system
• Regulates cell growth which could help protect against certain types of cancer
• Aids glucose tolerance
• Helps regulate blood pressure
• Supports good mental health, helping to combat depression
• Low vitamin D levels have been associated with the development of Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Helps to protect against Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Sunlight is necessary for the synthesis of Vitamin D3, which is produced underneath the skin following exposure to sunlight. D3 is also contained in foods such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, milk, eggs, beef and liver.
Do you know your levels?
Nutritional Therapist Manjula Cote recommends finding out your Vitamin D levels before supplementing. “This way you will be able to supplement exactly the right amount for your individual requirements.” If you would like to find our whether you have a Vitamin D deficiency there are simple tests you can do. You can order a test kit via the Chiray website. This test is easy to do, it is involves a thumb prick blood test (that is easy to do yourself), the sample is then placed in the envelope provided and sent to the laboratory. The results are sent back to Qualified Nutritional therapist Manjula Cote who will call you with the results and advise on appropriate supplementation to maintain healthy levels of this vital nutrient. The supplement recommended by Manjula is called DLux, which is an oral vitamin D spray.
If you would like any more information about this subject or any of the products supplied by Chiray please contact our staff on 01202 770927.