Vitamin D Supplements

It can be difficult to get the right quantity of vitamins in our diets, especially with the pressures of modern life. To help you maintain the recommended daily intake of vitamins, we have a range of supplements including Vitamin D available to buy.

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Importance of Vitamin D

What is Vitamin D?

This crucial vitamin offers a multitude of benefits, including the maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, and supporting the immune system. Though it is labelled as a vitamin, Vitamin D is, in fact, a prohormone, meaning that the body is able to produce Vitamin D through the absorption of sunlight. Various biological and lifestyle factors can make the production of Vitamin D a challenge, so supplements are available in both tablet and capsule format. The use of these supplements can help to prevent Vitamin D deficiency.

What are the benefits of Vitamin D?

According to the NHS, Vitamin D is vital for regulating biological levels of calcium and phosphate, needed to keep muscles, bones and teeth healthy. It can be taken in a variety of forms such as Vitamin D2, D3, calcitriol and calcifediol, among others.

What else does Vitamin D do?

Vitamin D is also effective at helping to prevent and treat an assortment of disorders including:

  • Childhood rickets;
  • Familial hypophosphatemia and other bone disorders characterised by low levels of phosphate;
  • Fanconi syndrome;
  • Underactive parathyroid;
  • Osteomalacia;
  • Renal osteodystrophy;
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Clinical research (WebMD & NCBI) has also linked the supplementation of Vitamin D in:

  • Reducing the risk of cavities;
  • Reducing the risk of developing heart failure;
  • Reducing the risk of death in patients with heart failure;
  • Reducing bone loss in women with hyperparathyroidism;
  • Preventing respiratory infections;
  • Aiding tooth retention in elderly patients;
  • Improving mood status in patients with anxiety and Vitamin D deficiency.

How to get optimum levels of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is most easily sourced from sunlight, as the body creates it when exposed directly. It is only found naturally in a small number of foods, including:

  • Oily fish;
  • Red meat;
  • Liver;
  • Egg yolks.

Some people will not have enough sunshine exposure to create required levels of Vitamin D, and so are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency.

Should I take a Vitamin D supplement?

The NHS recommends that everyone should consider taking a Vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter. Additionally, the Department of Health and Social Care recommends that certain people should take a daily Vitamin D supplement. The list of people includes:

  • Those who are not often outdoors;
  • People who cover up most of their skin when outdoors;
  • Those who live in an institution;
  • It is also suggested that people with dark skin may not get enough Vitamin D from sunlight.

Vitamin D supplements are available to buy in tablets and capsule form and are offered in the Natural Health Plus range of supplements. Shop the selection here.