Vitamin D has rapidly become a hot topic in health.
This is welcomed by The Best Of Health, because without an adequate amount of this vital nutrient, you are increasing your risk and exposure to so many diseases.
And yet the majority of people have a vitamin D deficiency!
Vitamin D plays a vital role in your health and well being and without sufficient amounts you simply can not have – ‘The Best Of Health’.
If you don’t already know the fascinating facts about vitamin D and its crucial contribution to your health – not to mention your family and friends – then please take the time to read on, this really is valuable information that you (and they) need to know about.
Why is Vitamin D So Important?
The human body has around 30,000 genes and about 1/10th of these are influenced by vitamin D which is why it can prevent so many diseases There is now enough research evidence available from robust studies to know that vitamin D is a critical factor in disease prevention and for maintaining good health.
Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is created when your skin is exposed to sunshine and reacts with the UVB rays. To optimise the effects you could expose at least 40% of your body’s skin to the sun, which is highest in the sky from mid morning to around 2pm. This does not mean that you should allow your skin to burn however, please be very careful about sun exposure, make sure you are well protected and around 20 minutes should be sufficient.
Other ways that you can get vitamin D are from some foods and supplements, although sunshine is the most beneficial.
As we rarely have a decent summer in the Northern hemisphere and the majority have an ongoing deficiency in this vitamin, it is important to know whether you are too, take our test to find your level and then take the appropriate maintenance dose as a supplement.
How much Do You Need?
The required dose of vitamin D varies between people of different age groups, ethnicity, people with certain medical conditions and location.
Those who are most at risk;
- Dark Skin
Regardless of age, people with darker skin pigmentation, for example ethnic groups such as African, indian, Middle Eastern and especially those within such groups that either use high protection suncream or expose little skin to the sun, either because of Northern location, clothing or indoor lifestyle.
60% of people with diabetes have vitamin D deficiency.
- Age Group
Children, Older people (especially women) are more prevalently deficient in vitamin D.
- Auto-Immune Diseases
People who suffer from an auto immune disease, especially AITD, (Autoimmune Thyroid Disease).
People who are over-weight, as obesity lowers the biologic activity of vitamin D and it gets taken up by the fat cells.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Because ‘one size’ doesn’t fit all when it comes to getting the required level for each individual the most important factor therefore is the serum level in your own blood, this should be tested – as it is estimated that vitamin D deficiency is so endemic it affects over 95% of the general population especially in the Northern hemisphere and especially during the winter months, with over 50% still deficient even during summer.
The sufficient level you require should be somewhere between 50 and 70 ng/ml in order for you to have adaquate protection against an extensive list of diseases and conditions.
Due to the lack of sufficient quality and quantity of sunshine in the Northern hemisphere, deficient levels of vitamin D are a pandemic. It is now thought that the supplement dose, on average to bring levels up to the required amount is around 5000 – 8000 IU daily depending on the level of deficiency.