The importance of Vitamin D

If we had to recommend the number one most important supplement for you to take during winter time to protect your health and wellbeing, Vitamin D would be it.Vitamin D, otherwise known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is a fat soluble vitamin which is technically a hormone because the body can produce it itself in response to sunlight on the skin.  Once it is absorbed through the skin, it is then processed in the kidneys and liver so that it can be utilised by the body.

 As well as being obtained through exposure to sunshine, Vitamin D can be found in food sources such as oily fish, egg yolks and butter.  Although these foods are sources of Vitamin D, they do not contain large enough quantities to correct Vitamin D deficiencies during winter time when sunshine is scarce.  This makes Vitamin D supplementation an absolute necessity during winter time.  Our Vitamin D levels need to be maintained during a long, dark winter to keep ourselves well and healthy.  It  is available in two forms: D2 (ergocalciferol) which is plant derived, and D3 (cholecalciferol) which is animal derived.

 Vitamin D is essential for bone health as it is required for the absorption of calcium for strong bones and teeth; it supports a healthy immune system; and combats Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which can result in a low mood over the winter months.

 Come to Health Zone for advice on the best Vitamin D supplements, and make this winter happy and healthy so that you can enjoy all the good things that this time of year offers.