Vitamin D plays a key role in many functions in the body and supporting many systems in the body. This important vitamin provides us with great benefits to help maintain a robust immune system, however it doesn’t end there! Adequate vitamin D levels support;
We’re lucky enough in Australia to still see a fair amount of the suns rays during the winter months. However, the reality is, we simply aren’t accessing the sun as much as we used to. Why? Well……….
Of course we know how excessive sun exposure can cause sunburn, which is recognized as 1 of the biggest risk factors in developing skin cancer. However, in 1 or 2 generations we’ve experienced a monumental shift in sun protection attitudes and behaviours in this country. We’ve gone from applying cooking oil and baking in the sun all day to a culture of wetsuits and rashies, 50+ sunscreens and sprays + ‘no hat no play’ rules in our school playgrounds. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many foods that contain good amounts of vitamin D so it’s really important to support your body through supplementation, particularly in the winter months.
There are generally 2 types of vitamin D available through supplements, D2 and D3. D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form of vitamin D that is the closest replica to what we naturally produce through the sun. Research supports this is the most effective way to increase vitamin D levels in the body. Trang HM, Cole DEC, Rubin et al. (1998) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 68, 854-858 ‘Evidence that vitamin D3 increases serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D more efficiently than vitamin D2’. Both of our top selling vitamin D products contain a dose of 1000IU per capsule. Shop Here If you’re looking for more of a ‘food’ source of vitamin D, Cod Liver Oil naturally contains anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular protective benefits as well as a decent dose of vitamin D. Shop Here
This form of vitamin D isn’t as potent as D3 and requires some levels of conversion in the body first before it can be absorbed. However, in supplemental form, vitamin D2 is generally produced from plants so is a great alternative for vegans.
Great question. Osteoporosis Australia recommends those with low levels of vitamin D should take between 1000IU and 2000IU per day. Ask your health professional to check your levels, especially after a few months of supplementation with a goal of achieving vitamin D levels between 50nmoL/L to 70nmoL/L at the end of winter.
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