Am I deficient in Vitamin D?
It’s estimated that a shocking one billion people worldwide are deficient in the sunshine vitamin! With seasonal changes, we can’t get Vitamin D from the sun all year round. Vitamin D is essential for a working body and if you're deficient you can tell from a number of signs. Muscle weakness and fatigue are common signs you’re not getting enough, and if you’re suffering with any gut troubles you should get your Vitamin D levels checked. SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is also a sign of deficiency that can affect up to as many as one in three people.
Is Vitamin D actually a vitamin?
Unlike other vitamins, Vitamin D can actually be classed as a hormone. It’s crucial to the body as it maintains the levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood as well as helps regulate the activity of over 200 genes, which is a huge amount more than any other vitamin.
Who needs Vitamin D?
Everyone needs Vitamin D. It’s crucial for the development and maintenance of bones so it’s needed at every age, from growing children to the elderly.
The government has actually recommended that everyone take a Vitamin D supplement in the winter months in order to protect bone and muscle health.
Adrienne Benjamin, nutritionist at Vega Vitamins, explains:
“In recent years, Vitamin D has been identified as being increasingly important for supporting health at all ages. As sunshine is the main way we get Vitamin D and we see little sunshine in the UK, particularly in the autumn and winter months, we are encouraged by the government’s latest recommendations.”
Public Health England have advised advised the government that people should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D during autumn and winter.
What are the benefits of taking Vitamin D?
It may keep you feeling good throughout the colder months, but research has also shown that Vitamin D can also prevent and relieve chronic diseases. Studies on Vitamin D have shown that can improve conditions such as arthritis, MS and chronic headaches.
Can vitamin D help weight loss?
If you’re finding it hard to loose weight you might want to up your Vitamin D intake. Research has shown that overweight people have lower levels of vitamin D and that taking supplements can help shift those stubborn pounds.
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