Vitamin D3 Benefits

The numerous benefits of Vitamin D3 are becoming more well known and its involvement in many of the body's vital processes is now being recognised.

But you’re probably wondering:

Should I be taking Vitamin D3?

We’ve put together a ‘Guide to Vitamin D3’ to answer this and the everyday questions that customers ask:

Your Guide to Vitamin D3:

– What is Vitamin D3 and What Does it Do?

– What is Vitamin D3 Good For?

– Where does Vitamin D3 Come From?

– Why is Vitamin D3 Better than Vitamin D2?

– Is Vitamin D3 Vegan?

– What is a Healthy Level of Vitamin D3?

– How Much Vitamin D3 Should I Take a Day?

– Do I Still Need to Take Vitamin D3 in Summer?

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What is Vitamin D3 and What Does it Do?

Vitamin D3, sometimes known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ is produced naturally in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight. You can also get it through certain foods.

Although classified as a vitamin, D3 cleverly transforms into a hormone in the body and circulates in the bloodstream to help in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. This is perhaps one of the most vital functions that Vitamin D3 performs.

We know that calcium builds and strengthens teeth and bone mass and is vital for bone development and growth. In addition, Calcium plays a role in the production of hormones in the body by transmitting nerve impulses to the brain.

Almost 99% of your Vitamin D supply is used for regulating the calcium in the body; the remaining part is utilised for strengthening the immune system and maintaining muscle strength.

Take a look at our video below to learn more about Vitamin D!

 


What is Vitamin D3 Good For?

Aside from regulating the amount of calcium and phosphorus in our blood, Vitamin D3 benefits our overall health and wellbeing.

Getting sufficient Vitamin D contributes to the healthy function of our immune systems, improving resistance against certain diseases. It also plays a role in the process of cell division as well as ensuring the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth.

Vitamin D is essential for children’s development, playing a vital role in the normal growth and maintenance of their bones and immune systems. Learn more about the benefits of Vitamin D for children.

Where does Vitamin D3 Come From?

Vitamin D comes from three major sources:

The Sun

Whilst we can get Vitamin D3 from sunlight, it’s a balance between staying safe in the sun and getting enough Vitamin D3.

It’s also difficult to know exactly how much time you need to spend in sun to make enough Vitamin D for your body, taking into account skin colour and how much skin is exposed for example.

Food

Vitamin D rich foods include oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines, as well as red meat and eggs.

It is also added to all infant formula milk, as well as some breakfast cereals, fat spreads and non-dairy milk alternatives. Although may only be added in small amounts.

Supplements – SunVit-D3 Vitamin D

Get ready for the science: With the introduction of SunVit-D3, Sunvit-D3 Ltd has set a new scientific standard for preparations sold as health supplements.

SunVit-D3 has excellent bioavailability in the oral supplement sector. Translated this basically means the proportion of a substance which enters the circulation in the body and is able to have an active effect.

The unique composition and quality of SunVit-D3 Vitamin D3 supplements have, in recent studies, been shown to be essential for the bioavailability of the compound.

 

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

Why is Vitamin D3 Better Than Vitamin D2?

Vitamin D comes in two forms, Vitamin D2 – ergocalciferol, and Vitamin D3 – cholecalciferol. Some controversy has arisen whether Vitamin D2 is as active as vitamin D3 when it’s ingested.

 

What’s the bottom line?

The consensus is that D3 is two to three times as potent in raising the level of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (that’s the chemical name for Vitamin D3).

The main difference between them is where they come from and how they are made:

Vitamin D2 is produced by plants, whereas Vitamin D3 is most commonly found in humans and animals. It’s the biologically active version of the vitamin, produced in our skin when exposed to sunlight.

Vitamin D2 is cheaper to produce, so when you see certain foods fortified with vitamin D, such as cereals or orange juice, it’s almost always done so with vitamin D2. However, it’s considered a lower quality source of vitamin D.

Although you need both types, Vitamin D3 is considered as a higher quality source of vitamin D and more important to our wellbeing.

Is Vitamin D3 Vegan?

So, because Vitamin D3 is almost always found in animal products, it can be difficult for vegans to ensure they maintain adequate levels in their diets.

It is important to be aware that some types of vitamin D are not vegan-friendly. Almost all vitamin D3 supplements are made from cholecalciferol derived from lanolin, which is extracted from sheep’s wool.

 

Here comes the good news:

If you’re one of the half a million vegans in the UK, a figure which is growing, you’ll be pleased to know that SunVit-D3 has just developed a new range ofvegan products that use plant-based cholecalciferol.

Ideal for Vegetarians and Vegans, the SunVit-D3 Vegan Vitamin D is approved by the Vegan Society UK.Learn more about Vitamin D & Vegan Health.

What is a Healthy Level of Vitamin D3?

The recommended daily maintenance dosage is 400IU daily (or 10mcg) as outlined in the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance.

For children: the NHS advises that babies up to the age of one year need 8.5-10mcg of vitamin D a day. From one year of age, this goes up to 10mcg a day for children.

Nutritional adequacy for Vitamin D is based upon the measurement of the metabolite 25-Hydroxyvitamin D. Leading experts recommend that 25-Hydroxyvitamin D concentrations should be at least 75-80 nmol/L (30-32 ng/mL).

If you work inside or are one of the many office workers in the UK it can be tricky to maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D3.Learn how you can top up Vitamin D3 levels if you work indoors.

 

Want to know the best part:

SunVit-D3 Vitamin D Is Safe and Efficient

SunVit-D3 Vitamin D3 is currently the only Vitamin D3 supplement with substantial scientific evidence on both efficacy and safety. With the introduction of SunVit-D3 preparations, Sunvit-D3 Ltd can provide customers with one of the most superior products available.

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How Much Vitamin D3 Should I Take in a Day?

Dosage guidelines and advice from Public Health England (PHE), says that adults and children over the age of one should have 10 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D every day. This is particularly the case during autumn and winter.

The government says it has issued new vitamin D recommendations “to ensure that the majority of the UK population has satisfactory vitamin D blood levels throughout the year, in order to protect musculoskeletal health”.

Those people who may have a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency are being advised to take a supplement all year round.

The advice is based on recommendations from the government’sScientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)following its review of the evidence on vitamin D and health.

The new recommended levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D can be achieved with the administration of daily doses of Vitamin D3 that are substantially higher than those found in common multivitamins and calcium supplements.

When should you take Vitamin D3:

Considering the advice and research, it is recommended to take one or two SunVit-D3 1000 IU Tablets per day with the main meal. Once the body has the correct levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, it will flush out any that is not needed.

Higher strength doses can be taken weekly, however, we strongly recommend that you first seek medical advice before taking higher doses.

Fatty fish, vitamin supplements and calcium supplements containing Vitamin D can all be taken along with SunVit-D3 without any major risk of Vitamin D overdose (see FAQ –Can I overdose on SunVit-D3). The safety of daily doses ranging from 25 to 200 µg (1000-4000 IU) has also been documented.

Do I Still Need to Take Vitamin D in Summer?

From about late April/early May to late September, most people should be able to get Vitamin D from sunlight. That’s of course if you are able to spend time outdoors, although it’s impossible to give advice on how long to be out or the amount Vitamin D you get.Learn how to help boost your Vitamin D intake in summer.

Why not try SunVit-D3’s convenient supplements? It’s a cost-effective way to give you the peace of mind to ensure you’re staying healthy throughout the year. Our bestselling 400IU & 800IU tablets or capsules will provide you with the perfect amount of Vitamin D, even if you’re out and about in the sunshine daily.

Am I Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Everybody is different and individual vitamin D levels can vary depending on the time of year, your job (i.e. how much daytime you spend indoors), your clothing and even your skin type.

If you’re unsure about your levels of vitamin D, there’s a simple blood test you can take at home. Simply follow the instructions included in the blood test kit, and the level of vitamin D in your sample will be analysed by an independent EU lab.

 

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

Dosage Guidelines

The new recommended levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D can be achieved with the administration of daily doses of Vitamin D3 that are substantially higher than those found in common multivitamins and calcium supplements.

Considering trials and research, it is recommended that to maintain the correct levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, one or two SunVit-D3 1000 IU Tablets are taken per day with the main meal. Once the body has the correct levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, it will flush out any that is not needed.

Higher-strength doses can be taken weekly, however, we strongly recommend that you first seek medical advice before taking higher doses.

Fatty fish, vitamin supplements and calcium supplements containing Vitamin D can all be taken along with SunVit-D3 without any major risk of Vitamin D overdose (see FAQ –Can I overdose on SunVit-D3). The safety of daily doses ranging from 25 to 200 µg (1000-4000 IU) has also been documented.

 

Visit our Vitamin D3 online store to for a selection of  Vitamin D3 supplements, including tablets, capsules and liquids.

 

Want to learn more? Watch our video on the journey of a Vitamin D tablet!

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