The 411 on Vitamin DWe caught up with Flo, VP of Sustainability & Product at The Nue Co to find out why Vitamin D should have a place in your wellness routine!
How will I know if I’m lacking in Vitamin D?
It is currently estimated that nearly one billion people globally have low levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can manifest in a variety of ways, including fatigue, back pain, hair loss and even symptoms of depression.
Why should I be adding Vitamin D to my daily wellness routine?
Vitamin D is single-handedly the most important vitamin to supplement your health with, as it supports everything from immune function to mood and muscle health, while playing a significant role in the absorption of additional key vitamins and minerals.
Most of us don’t get enough of it, and we all need it for essential functions. From helping calcium absorb, to supporting the nervous system, brain, and immune function, Vitamin D makes everything you’re already doing work harder.
When supplementing Vitamin D, what's the best way to take it? We see capsules and sprays - what’s the difference?
Our Vitamin D formula comes as a sublingual spray – which means it’s an oral supplement you just spray onto your tongue. Evidence suggests that absorption of Vitamin D sublingually can be up to x2 higher than when taken in a capsule. The additional bonus is a spray couldn’t be easier to use, so there’s no excuse for skipping your Vitamin D!
We’re getting lots of sunshine this Summer in London. Do we still need to supplement with Vitamin D if it’s sunny?
Our bodies make Vitamin D from cholesterol when we’re exposed to sunlight, but they can only do so during adequate sun exposure. Lack of time outdoors and other factors prevent this being a totally adequate source for most people. That amount of sunlight is difficult to find in latitudes above the 37th parallel north.
Our skin’s conversion of vitamin D isn’t actually that effective; when exposed to certain wavelengths of UVB rays, the skin is only able to convert approximately 15% of 7-dehydrocholesterol (aka provitamin D3) into previtamin D3. Our skin requires complete exposure to successfully produce vitamin D in the skin; which means SPF inhibits vitamin D production. If you’re working inside day to day as most of us are, it’s a good idea to supplement with Vitamin D. Failing that, everyone should start supplementing with Vitamin D as soon as the clocks go back.
Rumor has it that Vitamin D can help with my exercise routine. True or false? If true - how??
A new study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, found that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with greater exercise abilities. The study compared vitamin D levels in each participant’s blood with their cardiorespiratory fitness.
Researchers found that three or more hours a week of vigorous exercise can reduce the risk of heart attack by 22%. They also found that those who exercised vigorously have higher levels of vitamin D as well as higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
The findings add to the increasing evidence that vitamin D plays a role in heart health, boosting exercise capacity, and possibly reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
What are the benefits of taking Vitamin D that may surprise us?
Unlike any other vitamin, it actually functions like a hormone and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Vitamin D is also crucial for the absorption of calcium and is thought to play a role in joint and bone pain as well. A study found that people with Vitamin D deficiency were nearly twice as likely to experience bone pain in their legs, ribs or joints compared to those with blood levels in the normal range.
Vitamin D is known to have a beneficial impact in brain function and researchers believe that insufficient levels may play a role in depression and other mental illnesses. Vitamin D receptors are located in the same part of the brain associated with depression, and a 2013 meta-analysis noticed that study participants with depression also had low vitamin D levels. The same analysis found that, statistically, people with low vitamin D were at a much greater risk of depression.
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