The Sunshine Vitamin (D)
Do you often find yourself low in energy and mood during the winter months?
A vitamin-D deficiency could be the problem!
Vitamin-D is sometimes referred to as the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ because it is synthesized when the skin is exposed to sunlight. It is part of a group of fat-soluble vitamin compounds.Only a few foods contain vitamin-D and in very low doses unless they were fortified.
Although low energy and mood are one of the most noticeable symptoms of a vitamin-D deficiency there are far more severe symptoms. Bone abnormalities are amongst the most threatening outcomes of a deficiency. They include:
- Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by bone fragility.
- Rickets, a disease found in deficient children, is characterized by an ineffective mineralization of bone tissue.
- Osteomalacia, a disease affecting adults by softening the bones. This can lead to bending of the spine or legs, muscle weakness, bone fragility and increased fracture risk.
One of its vital functions is the regulation and absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, and Zinc. It further supports and strengthens the immune system and ameliorates symptoms of depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Additionally to its primary benefits, some studies suggest that vitamin D may also cause a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis, developing heart disease, and catching the flu.
How much Vitamin D do you need?
Between May an October, 20 min of daily exposition is enough to produce sufficient Vitamin D. In those winter months you will have to opt for a supplement providing a minimum of 1000IUD and a maximum of 5000IU. I suggest you take Vitamin D3 in combination with Vitamin K2 since the two as a dynamic duo slow the progression of excessive calcification in the body.