Health experts have recently reported that alarmingly, as many as one billion people throughout the world are deficient in vitamin D! Although seemingly implausible, when we take into account that Vitamin D3 is absorbed via sunlight exposure and that the industrial revolution has forced workers indoors for most of the day, it is easy to see how this global shift in work culture and subsequent reduction in sunlight exposure has resulted in widespread deficiency of this important vitamin.
Often called the 'sunshine vitamin' due to its production in your skin in response to sunlight, vitamin D3 is fat soluble and is essential for regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It is essential for normal growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, as well as playing a vital role in keeping the immune system strong and functioning at an optimum level.
Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency can be very subtle, with most of us unable to recognise that they are in fact playing a very significant role in affecting our quality of life.
Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:
Getting sick frequently - Studies show that there is a link between low vitamin D levels and common respiratory infections such as colds, bronchitis and pneumonia with those people with the lowest vitamin D levels reporting significantly more cases of colds and flu’s.
Fatigue - Case studies have shown that those suffering from very low levels of Vitamin D experience more fatigue, with a deficiency also sapping bone and muscle strength.
Bone and Back Pain - Due to its ability to assist in the body's absorption of calcium, large observational studies have demonstrated the relationship between a deficiency and lower back pain. In another study, researchers found that those with a vitamin D deficiency were almost twice as likely to suffer from bone pain in their legs, ribs or joints.
Depression - In review studies, researchers have discovered a potential link between low levels of vitamin D and depression with several controlled studies demonstrating that supplementing with vitamin D3 can help improve depression.
Hair Loss - Due to vitamin D's role in stimulating hair follicle growth, the hair may be adversely affected when levels are low. Deficiency has also been linked to the autoimmune condition alopecia areata which causes patchy hair loss.
Impaired Wound Healing - Slow and impaired healing of a wound following injury or surgery can be an important indicator of a vitamin D deficiency. Slow healing can be indicative of a compromised immune system and increased susceptibility to potentially harmful bacteria. Studies have shown better wound healing amongst individuals who were supplemented with vitamin D to combat their deficiencies.
Bone Loss - Due to its vital role in aiding the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, it is important to maintain optimum levels of vitamin D to prevent loss of bone mass as we age.
With newer studies now suggesting possible links to diabetes, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, etc, it is vital that we monitor our vitamin D levels and take prompt action in the event of a deficiency.
Fortunately a vitamin D deficiency problem is relatively easy to solve. In some parts of the world where it is not possible to increase sunlight exposure, increased intake of fatty fish, fortified dairy products and daily intake of a quality vitamin D supplement is recommended.
Designed to assist the body in maintaining a healthy immune system and aiding the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, Ultrapure Solution's Vitamin D3 5000iu contains an optimum level of D3 offering an effective solution in the prevention of vitamin D3 deficiency.
Suitable for Vegetarians: YES
Suitable for Vegans: NO
Active Ingredients per Tablet Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 5000iu
Other Ingredients: Di Calcium Phosphate, Micro Crystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide.
Serving Size: Take one tablet daily with water, do not exceed stated dose.