Everyone loves a bright, sunny day, and for good reason. Vitamin D, the main vitamin we get from sun, is an important and vital aspect of our lives. Everyone needs a daily vitamin D intake of 10 micrograms, the equivalent to 400iu (the international unit).
We can acquire a little vitamin D by eating a balanced diet, since it is found in oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, and other fortified foods. However, most of the vitamin D we need comes from direct exposure to sunlight. In fact, in spring and summer, we meet our daily needs from spending at least 20 minutes with our limbs exposed. For this reason we have included the daily dosage of vitamin D3 in both our mens and womens daily supplement.
In autumn and winter though, Public Health England recommends that everyone in the UK should take a vitamin D supplement. During this time, the sun isn’t strong enough in the northern hemisphere for our bodies to make enough for our daily needs. Adults and children over five are advised to supplement with 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day between October and March. However, if you are pregnant, have very limited outdoor exposure, have a darker skin tone, or use sunscreen very liberally or cover the majority of your body in the summer months, you might benefit from a year round supplement.
Vitamin D acts on almost every single system in the body. It plays a vital role in balancing calcium levels in the body, making it important for bone and teeth health. In children and adolescents, vitamin D deficiency is associated with Rickets, which is now worryingly on the increase. In older people, a lack of vitamin D can reduce bone mineral density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
It is probably less well known that vitamin D is also important for heart health. Low vitamin D status is associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and inflammation, all of which are associated with cardiovascular disease. There is evidence indicating that supplementing with vitamin D can reduce these risks. Vitamin D deficiency is also associated with inflammatory conditions such as, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (or Crohn’s disease), asthma, and Type 2 Diabetes. So, supplementing can play an important role in reducing the effects of these conditions.
There is also emerging evidence that vitamin D is necessary for neurological development in the growing brains of children and for protecting brain health in adults. Vitamin D supplementation may reduce risk of autism, if used during pregnancy or in infancy, improve depression, and protect against cognitive decline.
So make sure that you’re getting enough vitamin D in your diet and it can have radical impacts on your life. During this never ending winter, it can be vital to have a supplement that protects your brain, takes care of your heart, and keeps your bones strong and healthy. You can get your recommended dose of Vitamin D, along with other essential vitamins and minerals in our daily vitamin complexes for men and women: Women's Daily Wellbeing + Hormonal Support or Men's Daily Essentials + Immune Support.