Vitamin D – Everything you need to know according to an expert

Vitamin D – Everything you need to know according to an expert

Vitamin D deficiency is such a widespread problem that it’s recommended we all take a supplement during autumn and winter months. So why is vitamin D important? How can you tell if your levels are low? And what’s the best way to get enough?

Here’s everything you need to know about vitamin D according to leading Nutritionist Kim Pearson.

WHY IS VITAMIN D IMPORTANT?

“Optimal levels of vitamin D are vital for good health. Vitamin D regulates calcium and therefore is essential for strong and healthy bones and teeth. It’s necessary for healthy functioning immune and cardiovascular systems and for healthy cognitive function to name just a few.” says Kim.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF LOW VITAMIN D?

“There are many common health symptoms associated with deficiency. These include, suffering with frequent coughs and colds, fatigue, low mood and depression, lower back pain and muscle weakness.

However, it’s common to have suboptimal levels of the vitamin and experience no symptoms at all. The only way to know for sure is to test your levels. “explains Kim

VITAMIN D AND COVID 19

Now vitamin D is such a big problem that even prior to lockdown, the government now recommends that everyone should take a supplement during autumn and winter, with at risk groups supplementing all year round. During the pandemic, you may have heard about links between vitamin D deficiency and Covid-19 complications in the news. According to research, patients who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were 51% less likely to experience complications that resulted in death from coronavirus.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET VITAMIN D?

The majority of our Vitamin D is produced by our skin when it’s exposed to sunlight. It is also worth eating foods that provide the vitamin too, despite food contributing less to our intake. “Unfortunately, there are few good quality, natural food sources of Vitamin D. For many of us though, sunshine and vitamin D rich foods may still not be enough to maintain optimal blood levels. Due to our increasingly indoor lifestyles and unpredictable UK weather, this puts many of us at risk from deficiency.” explains Kim.

WHICH TYPE SHOULD WE SUPPLEMENT?

Supplements are available in two forms: vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Most experts agree that D3 is the preferred form. Humans synthesise vitamin D3 in response to sunlight and therefore it is the most natural form to supplement. Vitamin D3 is more bioavailable and significantly more effective at increasing blood levels than vitamin D2.

WHICH IS THE BEST VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT?

“In our clinics we offer Vitamin D testing using a simple blood test, that can determine if you are deficient. Alongside diet and lifestyle advice, we recommend Love Life Supplements Vitamin D3 with K2 Vital for three reasons. Firstly, it’s important to supplement D alongside K2 as K2 is required for optimal absorption. Secondly, this supplement combines D3 and K2 with MCT oil as healthy fats also support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like D and K. Finally, this high-quality brand goes to extensive lengths to avoid the binders and fillers often found in lower quality supplements. We know from clinical experience that this supplement effectively increases blood levels of vitamin D. If we find our clients to be deficient we advise two capsules per day (6000IU total) for eight weeks, then we retest.”

Love Life Supplements Vitamin D3 + K2 contains no bulking agents or any other nasty excipients and is suitable for vegetarians.

£18.95 available at www.lovelifesupplements.co.uk

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