About Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in a few foods, fortified in others, and available as a food supplement. It is produced endogenously when ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. When your skin gets enough direct UV light from sunshine it makes about 90% of the vitamin D it needs.
What is the difference between vitamin D and D3?
The recommended form of vitamin D is vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. This is the natural, active form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight. Cholecalciferol is one of the five types of vitamin D.
Plants produce Vitamin D2 when they are exposed to UV light however, although you need both forms, Vitamin D3 is more important for your health and wellbeing. Our bodies absorb and use Vitamin D3 better and it is also more effective at treating diseases.
Only after skin exposure to sufficient sunlight is it possible for your body to make vitamin D3 which can present a problem for those in the Northern Hemisphere and those with darker skin, where the sunlight is not as easily absorbed. Older adults are at increased risk of developing vitamin D insufficiency, partly because the skin’s ability to synthesise vitamin D declines with age but also because older adults are likely to spend more time indoors, reducing their exposure to sunlight.
Vitamin D is fat-soluble, its absorption depends on the gut’s ability to absorb dietary fat. Certain forms of liver disease, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis present fat malabsorption issues within the body which in turn affects levels of vitamin D.
Your body requires vitamin D to absorb calcium; too little vitamin D in the body results in soft bones in children (rickets) and fragile, misshapen bones in adults (osteomalacia). Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal bone mineralisation.
Your body does not make calcium, you have to consume it in your diet and that’s why vitamin D plays such a vital role in bone health.
“Past thirty five, we lose bone mass every day of our lives.”
National Osteoporosis Society.
Your body also needs vitamin D for other important functions.
Vitamin D roles in the body include reduction of inflammation as well as modulation of such processes as cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and glucose metabolism. Muscle weakness may be another side effect of low vitamin D levels, especially in the elderly and a recent survey concluded that a vitamin D deficiency is also linked to heart disease.
What are the best sources of vitamin D?
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, not many foods are rich in vitamin D unless it has been “fortified” at the point of manufacture.
Some super “D” foods are:
• Salmon (especially wild-caught)
• Mackerel (especially wild-caught)
Why should we take vitamin D supplement?
Vitamin D is the only vitamin supplement that the Department of Health recommends for the general population. The government estimates around 25% of teenagers and adults in the UK have low levels of vitamin D, which puts them at risk of deficiency and associated health issues. As there are so few food sources of vitamin D and sun exposure can be unreliable, food supplements are considered a safe way to prevent a deficiency.
The NHS makes the following recommendation in light of the nationwide lockdown.
“It's important to take vitamin D as you may have been indoors more than usual this year.
You should take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D a day between October and early March to keep your bones and muscles healthy.”
What is unique about Lipolife liposomal vitamin D3?
– Study results show Lipolife D3 increased blood levels of 25-OHD in all subjects.
– Lipolife D3 is effective at treating vitamin D deficiency and improving blood levels of 25-OHD
–Vitamin D delivered directly into your cells.
– Supporting your bones, teeth, and joints with a powerful supplement.
||Per 1ml serving
|Vitamin D3 - derived from Lichens
|25mcg / 1000IU
Phosphatidylcholine derived from non GMO sunflower lecithin, Water, Xylitol, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Vitamin E (anti-oxidant), natural apricot and vanilla flavouring, traces of Ethanol and Glycerol.
Shake before use. Take one measured pipette daily or as recommended by your healthcare professional.
Can be mixed with water or juice to dilute