Vitamin D – Not Just a Winter Vitamin

A lot of advice in the UK focuses on vitamin D supplementation during winter only, as this is when there is a reduction of daytime hours. However, even during the summer months, people can struggle to make vitamin D from the sun due to applying suncream which acts as a barrier to the sun's rays that help the body make beneficial vitamin D.
Sunflowers in a field

No one can deny how amazing the sun’s warmth feels on bare skin. It turns out this pleasurable activity actually helps the body make an important vitamin, known as vitamin D3.

Vitamin D3 is made when the sun’s rays hit the skin. Although called a vitamin, vitamin D is actually a hormone and there are three types that make up the vitamin D family – vitamin D1, D2 and D3. Vitamin D3 is an extremely bioavailable type which means it is highly usable by the body.

Factors that can stop vitamin D3 from being made include living in an area of high pollution, using sunscreen, spending a lot of time inside, and having darker skin. Food sources such as oily fish and eggs also may not contain enough vitamin D.

Today’s blog post takes a deep dive into the many ways vitamin D3 plays an important role in keeping our bodies healthy.

Vitamin D Lowers Chances of Developing Heart Disease

According to the British Heart Foundation, 7.6 million people in the UK live with heart disease. Vitamin D has shown in a study published in Circulation to decrease a person’s chances of developing the disease.

Vitamin D May Reduce Depression

Depression is when you feel down on a regular basis, not just for a short period of time. In a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, vitamin D supplementation over a one year period showed vitamin D to be related to improving and reducing depression and its known symptoms.

Vitamin D Reduces Covid19 Hospitalisations 

Those who are deficient in vitamin D3 could end up being hospitalised in an intensive care unit (ICU) if they contract Covid19. Many studies have backed this up including one that showed a 97% reduction in ICU hospitalisations when vitamin D was administered. This study was published recently in The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. All of this robust research is what has led to a group of researchers and doctors forming an international alliance aiming at encouraging governments, including the UK government, to increase recommendations for vitamin D intake to 4,000 IU daily as they believe this would reduce Covid19 hospitalisations.

Obtaining the important nutrients your body needs should always be done through food first. However, getting enough vitamin D from food can be a real struggle.

Very few foods actually contain vitamin D, with the best sources of vitamin D including oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel and sardines), red meat, liver and egg yolks. But even then how do you know you are getting enough?

Currently, the UK government advises that 400 IU per day of vitamin D is enough to meet the needs of most people, however, this amount has been disputed by several health agencies. With scientists recently petitioning local MPs in the UK to increase it to 4,000 IU per day.

Here are some more interesting and perhaps unknown ways vitamin D helps to keep your body healthy:

Vitamin D and Weight Loss

A study by Cambridge University has shown that people who took a daily vitamin D and calcium supplement were able to lose more weight than participants who took a placebo (no supplement).

Another study published in the Obesity medical journal has found that losing weight also increases a person’s ability to absorb vitamin D.

Vitamin D – Not Just a Winter Vitamin

A lot of advice in the UK focuses on vitamin D supplementation during winter only as this is where there is a reduction of daytime hours. However, even during the summer months, people can struggle to make vitamin D from the sun due to applying suncream which acts as a barrier to the sun’s rays that help the body make beneficial vitamin D. The body is said to be most efficient at making vitamin D from the sun at noon. You may only need 10 minutes, before then applying suncream if you continue to stay in the sun.

Vitamin D Connected to Bone Health

Vitamin D is extremely important for helping to keep your bones healthy. This is because vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, ensuring they are absorbed correctly from the food you eat. Lack of vitamin D is known to cause rickets (softening and weakening of the bones) and bone loss.

Keeping bones strong, positively affecting mental health, and possibly lowering your chances of developing heart disease. These are just some of the incredible ways vitamin D plays an important role in keeping your body healthy.

Vitamin D From Algae

However, it is quite hard to get enough vitamin D from the food we eat as it is just not found in many foods at all. That is why supplementation for vitamin D can be of benefit to those who are at risk of deficiency.

Vitamin D3 is the preferred type for the body to be given in supplement form as it matches the vitamin D3 made by the body naturally when the sun’s UV rays penetrate bare skin. This is why Healer’s Gold Algae D3 High Strength Vitamin D3 Derived from Algae formulation contains this bioavailable form as it is easy for the body to absorb compared to other types.

Healer's Gold Vitamin D is derived from algae
Healer’s Gold Vitamin D is derived from algae

High Strength

In the UK, the guidelines state that 400 IU of vitamin D per day meet the needs of most people. However, this is contested by several health agencies and the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) has been set at 4,000 IU. Meaning taking more than this per day may not be suitable for some people. So with Healer’s Gold Algae D3 supplement 3,000 IU has been included to ensure it is within the UL but still helps people to adequately rectify and prevent deficiency at the same time. Especially when 1 in 5 people in the UK are reported to be deficient.

Suitable For Everyone, Including Vegans

Healer’s Gold Algae D3 High Strength Vitamin D3 Derived from Algae food supplement has been formulated so that most people can take it, even vegans, which can’t be said for a lot available on the market. This is because the Healer’s Gold formulation is made from algae, which is a natural plant-based source.

Do You Want To Find Out More About Healer’s Gold Vitamin D3 Supplement?

We covered a lot today on vitamin D3 and its importance! But hopefully you feel more empowered when it comes to this important nutrient that is often needed to be taken as a supplement, as it is a struggle to get enough from food. To find out more, you can visit the product page for Healer’s Gold Algae D3 High Strength Vitamin D3 Derived from Algae

Sources:

UK Heart Disease Statistics
Vitamin D and heart disease study
Vitamin D and depression
Vitamin D and Covid19 hospitalisations
Vitamin D and international alliance group 
Best food sources of vitamin D
The daily amount of vitamin D in the UK
Scientists petition for vitamin D RDI to be increased 
Vitamin D and weight loss study 
Weight loss and increased vitamin D levels
The most efficient time the body makes vitamin D
Vitamin D helps to absorb calcium and phosphate
UK vitamin deficiency rates

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