What exactly is Vitamin D? And why is it important?
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning it’s stored in fatty tissue. It’s also known as the sunshine vitamin as it’s synthesised within the body when our skin is exposed to sunlight. This process is extremely important as we actually get very little Vitamin D from our diets in comparison to other vitamins. For example the Australian guidelines for Vitamin C for adults is 45mg/day. This can easily be achieved in a day by having 1 small orange or 50g of broccoli. Whereas to obtain 2500IU of Vitamin D from food you’ll need to consume 6250ml of whole milk or 143 large eggs.
So why do we need Vitamin D? Vitamin D is needed for the following;
- Improves the immune system
- Improves bone health via supporting calcium absorption
- Reduces depressive symptoms
- Potentially improves strength
- Potentially improves fat loss
- Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with the development of CVD, cancer, IBD and AI disorders.
So how do you know if you have enough Vitamin D? The good news is that it can be tested quite easily with a simple blood test at your GP. From here if you are deficient, and many Australians are due to our diet, daily supplementation is recommended. For best absorption into your system, take it with a source of fat.
If your interested in reading more and for a great guide on Vitamin D supplementation please check out the info provided from Examine.com
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