Vitamin D helps to build and maintain strong bones and muscles. Vitamin D is also supportive to the immune system and has many other vital uses in our general health. Furthermore, scientists have discovered that they have underestimated the strengths we have been previously advised to take vitamin D and consequently much greater potencies are recommended, depending upon need.
Vitamin D is unique among essential nutrients, in that it is a vitamin that transforms into a hormone. Like other hormones it functions as a chemical messenger within a feedback cycle responsible for regulating certain bodily functions.
It has many applications, such as helping calcium absorbition, rickets, general bone health, osteoporosis, during pregnancy, and a host of other uses.
Rickets has been in the news a lot recently among young people because we've taught them to cover up in the sun and to splash on the sunblocker. Deficiency of vitamin D during childhood leads to the development of rickets. Rickets may show itself as early as two months of age, when "craniotabes" (areas of softening on the skull) are noted. Production of the first teeth may be delayed and the posture affected. Rickets also produces enlargement at the end of long bones, resulting in characteristic bowing of the legs when the child starts to walk. The vitamin is made in the skin by the action of sunlight on cholesterol and it said 10-15 minutes exposure is good for us. However, that is easier said than done in many countries where reliable sunshine isn't the norm, especially in winter.
Apart from infants and young people, there are certain categories of people who are theoretically much more likely to be at risk of vitamin D deficiency and who may therefore need to supplement with this nutrient. These include:
- Vegetarians and especially vegans (Vitamin D is found mostly in animal and dairy products).
- Asian and African women and children who may not eat many vitamin D containing foods and who choose to cover up their skin.
- Pregnant and lactating women whose breast-milk can be low in vitamin D especially during the winter.
- The housebound elderly with a tendency to eat poorly.
- Nordic races where sunshine isn't available for certain months in the year.
The D3 form of Vitamin D which is sold by Solgar is the most absorbable form of Vitamin D available. Solgar sells a wide variety of vitamin D3 products, suitable for vegetarians and non-vegetarians and they come in many different strengths, according to need as well as a tasty liquid variety.
To buy this product click on the following link: Solgar Health Store. You can also view this product at our Elixirhealth.co.uk website, where we also sell a big range of other branded products. If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.