Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is needed to be healthy and maintain strong bones. Known as the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D is formed when skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Important risk groups for vitamin D deficiency are babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly. In addition, people with darker skin and those who cover most of their body, always use sunscreen or spend most of their time indoors, may have an insufficient natural production of vitamin D throughout the year. Ensuring an optimal vitamin D supply all year round is therefore an excellent investment in health.
The main function of vitamin D is to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus in the small intestine. Calcium is needed to support bone mineralization (hardening of bones), cell functions, and proper nerve and muscle function. There is sufficient evidence to support the use of vitamin D to prevent bone loss or softening of the bones, especially in those who are taking certain medications or managing medical conditions including corticosteroids.
Vitamin D can seen as an equalizer for the immune system, especially helping our immune systems stay balanced during the cold and flu season. If our immune systems have too much stimulation, autoimmune diseases can set in. With too little immune system activity, infections are more likely. In people that have low levels of vitamin D, both of these extremes have been shown to be more prevalent. As vitamin D supports the maintenance of normal muscle function, it can also support the heart muscle.
Following beneficial effects are claimed by the “European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)”:
Vitamin D contributes to:
- normal absorption/utilisation of calcium and phosphorus
- normal blood calcium levels
- the maintenance of normal bones
- the maintenance of normal muscle function
- the maintenance of normal teeth
- the normal function of the immune system
- has a role in the process of cell division
Co-factors needed by taking HIGH dosages of vitamin D3:
- Magnesium: The need for magnesium increases when vitamin D levels in the body rise. Magnesium metabolizes the enzymes in this nutrient, making it essential to absorption. If you do not have ample amounts of magnesium when you increase your vitamin D, you may begin to suffer from headaches, muscle cramps, or restless legs.
- K2: If you have the proper amount of vitamin D, you will have an adequate calcium level for your body as well. Vitamin D cofactors like vitamin K2 can help deposit this calcium in the right (!) parts of your body; such as the bones and teeth, and to prevent calcium from depositing where it doesn’t belong, such as the soft tissues, arterial walls, joints and organs.
- A: Vitamin D needs a small amount of vitamin A in order for it to function properly in your body. Both of these nutrients attach themselves to the same cell receptors. You do not want too much vitamin A because it will not leave room for vitamin D. You can add small amounts of vitamin A by eating carrots daily. Another option is also to take a good multivitamin supplement which contains a small amount of vitamin A.
- Zinc: Zinc is a common bone creating mineral that people often lack in their system, but it is also essential for vitamin D to do its work.
- Multivitamin: A convenient way to get all the appropriate co-factors is to choose a good multivitamin supplement that also contains zinc. We recommend our Vitaalia Multivitamin & Minerals Plus tablets which contains vitamin A and zinc in suitable quantity.