Vitamin D to your life

Think about Vitamin D when you’re catching up on summer rays! It’s sometimes called the “sunshine Vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight.

Your body can’t make other Vitamins and you need to get them from the food you eat. For example, you need to get Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables. Vitamin D can be found in some food (fish liver, mushroom, salmon, mackerel) but most of it comes from the biochemical reaction of sunlight on the skin.

Vitamin D has several important functions. It can affect as many as 2,000 genes in the body. It has multiple roles in the body, helping to:

  • Maintain the health of bones and teeth by regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous
  • Support the immune system, brain and nervous system
  • Regulate insulin levels and aid to prevent diabetes
  • Support lung function and cardiovascular health
  • Prevent development of cancer
  • Medications lead to deficiency in Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced when sunlight convert cholesterol on the skin into calciol (vitamin D3). Vitamin D3 is then converted into calcidiol in the liver. The kidneys then convert calcidiol into the active form of Vitamin D, called calcitriol. As such, medications or supplements that inhibit cholesterol synthesis, liver function or kidney function can impair the synthesis of Vitamin D and create deficiency in vitamin D.

Recent studies have suggested that up to 50% of adults and children worldwide are Vitamin D deficient. To get enough Vitamin D you need to expose your skin to sunlight regularly and you may also need to take supplements. In the 21st century; however, it’s hard to get daily full body sun exposure.

Taking a supplement becomes an effective way to get the Vitamin D your body needs. It‘s also a good way to get Vitamin D if you’re worried about exposing your skin to the sun and while a sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 can reduce the body’s ability to synthesize the vitamin by 95%. Vitamin D3 is the best kind of supplement to take.