Shining Light On Vitamin D-eficiency
Vitamin D is receiving quite the buzz this year, especially on the topic of immunity. It almost begs the question, 'is D the new C when it comes to immunity?' Moving beyond the topic of the immune-strengthening benefits, most people associate the classic-known importance of vitamin D with bone health. Without adequate vitamin D levels, the human body doesn't absorb the calcium that bones require to stay strong. Also tucked away in the skeletal and immunity systems rests the heart, which recent studies have also shown the heart-related benefits of vitamin D too. The European Heart Journal share evidence that people with vitamin D-eficiency are more likely to have heart disease and high blood pressure than those who have normal levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is literally the shining light of vitamins because the amount of vitamin D in the human body comes from a reaction between natural sunlight and skin. It's not as simple as getting happy sunshine vibes though. Vitamin D can be a tricky nutrient to correctly fill up on. 15 minutes of protected time in the sun may or may not be adequate depending on individual circumstances. Socio-cultural and seasonal factors can play a part in not receiving adequate vitamin D-related sunshine. These can include people with chronic diseases or disabilities which prevent them from spending much time outside, people who for cultural or religious reasons cover the majority of their skin, as well as people who spend most of their time at home for any one reason. A majority of us can relate to this during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's for many combined reasons that a lot of people reach for vitamin D supplements. As for how much vitamin D is required, generally speaking, most people can gauge a rough idea of their vitamin D levels by the degree of natural sunlight that they receive per day. Professor Elina Hypponen suggests that “Sunlight induced synthesis is by far the most important source of vitamin D, so most at risk are people who for any reason do not spend time outdoors during the daylight hours, who have darker skin color, or who wear a cultural dress that does not leave skin exposed." Practically speaking, most people see a dip in their vitamin D levels during winter when the sun isn’t out as much. Medically speaking, there's a fine balance as to how much vitamin D one actually needs. It's therefore important to always consult a healthcare professional for your suggested daily requirement. As for when or if you do require it, you can be rest assured that VITUS® IMMUNE-D covers 100% recommended dietary intake (RDI) of Vitamin D and over 900% RDI of Vitamin C, in addition to key immune-supporting Vitamins A and B12. It's a unique vegan formulation that contains ancient immune-strengthening Turmeric, Spirulina, Acerola Berry and Kakadu Plum – some of the world’s richest sources of immune-boosting nutrients. Get IMMUNE-D if you can't get too sun-D!