What is VItamin D?Vitamin D is not really a vitamin in the traditional sense, because we are able to form it through the skin, once our skin is exposed to UV-B rays from the sun.The formation occurs in the skin from cholesterol. The suns rays have to be strong and the skin has to be directly exposed in order for our bodies to form enough natural vitamin D3 - also referred to as the sunshine vitamin. Deficiency is therefore particularly common in countries north of the equator. What does Vitamin D do?Vitamin D is part of many essential functions in the body - see some of them below:
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What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is important for the body as it promotes the body's absorption of calcium and phosphate from the intestine as well as the deposition of minerals in bones and teeth. Therefore, to ensure the necessary uptake of calcium, vitamin D is a necessity for bones and is important in the prevention of osteoporosis (osteoporosis) as well as English sufferers. Due to the properties of the vitamin, vitamin D is especially important for infants and during pregnancy as it is essential for the baby's bone development, teeth and the mother's bones. Vitamin D is found in many different forms and so far 37 active substances have been found, each of which is different in their chemical structure. The greatest importance for the human body has D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol), of which D3 is the most active form. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that the body cannot absorb vitamin D without a fat.
Where does Vitamin D come from?
Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin as the sun is one of the main sources of vitamin D. Sunlight consists of light with different wavelengths, of which the sun's UVB and UVA radiation are of most relevance to humans.
However, vitamin D from sunlight is only formed when the sun is high enough in the sky, otherwise UVB cannot penetrate the atmosphere. Thus, in Scandinavia, it is only in high summer that enough vitamin D3 is formed in the skin via sunlight, and when covered, used with sunscreen or dark skin (higher pigmented skin), the uptake of vitamin D3 is inhibited, thereby increasing need for vitamin D supplementation.
In addition, vitamin D is found in foods such as fatty saline fish, fish liver oil, cheese and other high fat dairy products, as well as egg yolks, avocados and vegetable oils. However, the amount of vitamin D consumed through the diet is insufficient to meet the body's needs.
Daily dosage: 1-2 tablets with a meal and water
N.B. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The supplement must not be used as a substitute for a varied diet. Do not exceed the recommended dose. Keep out of reach of small children.