Vitamin D- The Good, The Bad and The Unknown ...
Why Would I Need To Take Vitamin D?
The Good News- Our body naturally makes Vitamin D from sunshine!
The Bad News- We don’t get enough exposure to the sun to maintain adequate levels
Are you often tired, sick, moody, sore, have dental issues, thinning hair and nails or weak bones? You may have a Vitamin D deficiency. Studies show that more than 70% of the population is found to be deficient in Vitamin D and this might include you. It is almost impossible to get enough Vitamin D through food and sun exposure alone, and deficiency is rapidly becoming an epidemic.
Did You Know?
- Only exposure of a large part of your body at certain times of the day will produce adequate sun exposure.
- You can not synthesize Vitamin D from the sun through glass or when using sunscreen.
- The further you live away from the equator, the less vitamin D you can make during the fall and winter, if any at all.
What Health Benefits Does Vitamin D Support?
There's overwhelming evidence that Vitamin D3 is essential for disease prevention and maintaining optimal health. D3 supplementation supports
- Calcium Absorbtion for Strong teeth and bones
- Immunity Strength and Disease Prevention
- Healthy Muscle Functioning and Relaxation
- Increased Energy and Enhanced Mood
Vitamin D3 VS D2
Supplemental vitamin D comes in two forms:
- D2 (Ergocalciferol )- synthetic form if Vitamin D made by irradiating fungus and plant matter
- D3 (Cholecalciferol)– made from natural sources
According to research, D3 is approximately 87 percent more effective in raising and maintaining vitamin D levels and produces 2- 3X storage of vitamin D than D2.
A synthetic form of vitamin D2 (Drisdol) is usually prescribed by doctors. However, this is not the natural type produced by your body in response to sun. It has a shorter shelf life, binds poorly with proteins, and does not convert in the active form as well as D3. Regardless of which form you use, your body must convert it into a more active form, and vitamin D3 is converted 500 percent faster than vitamin D2.
How much D3 do I need?
Numerous organizations dedicated to the study of Vitamin D agree that supplementation dosages vary from person to person. Some factors include amount of sun exposure, BMI, ethnicity, gender and age.
The ideal way to know how much D3 to take is to get a blood test from your doctor. There are also at home testing kits available. With that being said, experts state that it is very difficult to get too much vitamin D. People can take up to 10,000 units per day for 6 months and not have any adverse effects.
If you are taking a vitamin D supplement, adequate calcium and magnesium intake are also required. However, people with sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, Lyme disease, lymphoma, or kidney disease have to be supplemented carefully because of an increased risk of their blood calcium level becoming too high. It is also recommended to take a Vitamin K2 supplement with D3. One of the functions of vitamin K2 is to direct calcium to areas in your body where it is needed, such as your bones and teeth. It also functions to keep calcium away from areas where it shouldn’t be, including your soft tissues and arteries.
You may be surprised to learn that vitamin D is completely different from most other vitamins. It is actually a hormone that is produced when your skin is exposed to the sun. For this reason, vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin.
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