Is Vitamin D really the Sunshine Vitamin...??
By now you have probably watched our wonderful Healthfood Expert Pat Burns, telling us all we need to know about supplementation of Vitamin D... we would love if you gave it a like and share!
Have a read of her blog here to give you more Vitamin D information:
Firstly, what is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, sometimes called the sunshine vitamin, as we produce it in our skin in response to sunlight. Sunshine would be the main source of Vitamin D, but as you know we don't get much of that in this country! Vitamin D can also be found in some foods, for example oily fish or fortified milk and cereal. In Ireland, it is recommended that we top up our vitamin D levels using a supplement.
Vitamin D has a number of important functions in the body:
- Supports the immune system, which is your body's first line of defence against infection and disease, by enhancing the function of defence cells in the body.
- Maintains normal bones & teeth, by assisting with growth and helping the body absorb calcium and phosphate.
- Maintains normal muscle function, development and performance.
- Maintains normal blood calcium levels which helps decrease the chance of developing osteoporosis.
2. Are we getting enough vitamin D?
No. Between March & November we don't get enough sunlight to enable sufficient Vitamin D production and absorption in our bodies, and realistically how many times a week do we eat oily fish……?
3. Other sources of vitamin D;
As stated above, oily fish is a good source of vitamin D, but we would get more from sitting out in the sunshine where possible. Supplementation is the best way to top up our vitamin D levels. This can be done by taking a prescription or over the counter vitamin D supplement. If you ate 200g of salmon, you would get 16 micrograms of Vitamin D. If you took a supplement, you would get up to 75 micrograms of Vitamin D. You would have to drink 10 pint glasses of Vitamin D fortified milk every day to get minimum levels of Vitamin D that the body requires.
4. Who should take vitamin D?
Vitamin D is particularly important for the elderly, people who spend a lot of time indoors or who have to cover up their skin or those who are dark-skinned, or those at risk of osteoporosis. However, in the present climate, with corona virus, everyone would benefit from taking Vitamin D as it helps to strengthen our immune system.
Did you know......
A sunscreen factor of SPF 8 can reduce Vitamin D production and absorption by 95%!
Here are the Vitamin D products Pat spoke about in the video above with links attached to find out more:
We have lots of options of Vitamin D supplements in different brands and strengths, to suit all ages and budgets. Feel free to pop into us in store or give us a call on 09493 62780 and we can help you choose, or click here to see our full range of Vitamin D options.
As always we would like to thank you for your continued support!