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7 August 2015

In the UK, we are at risk of becoming Vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight during our winter (and summer) months … and unlike many other vitamins, we do not get enough vitamin D from food.

Health experts are now recommending that everyone should be taking vitamin D supplements.

In the UK, we are at risk of becoming Vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight during our winter (and summer) months … and unlike many other vitamins, we do not get enough vitamin D from food.

Recent advice is mostly aimed towards ‘high risk’ groups such as children under 5, pregnant women and 65+ adults to take vitamin D tablets regularly. However, experts are now saying that vitamin D supplements result in health benefits for all. The National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised the NHS that vitamin D should be given more widely to prevent Vitamin D deficiency. This is also supported by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). Vitamin D deficiency can lead to serious health problems, such as rickets and brittle bones. Why take the risk?!

Here are four major health benefits of taking the supplement;

Staying Strong

Around 99% of the calcium in our bodies belongs inside of our bones and teeth but day-to-day we can lose this calcium through skin, hair, nails, sweat etc. but our bodies cannot produce new calcium. If we don’t get enough calcium for what our body needs it then begins to take it from our bones. Vitamin D plays an important role as it helps the body to absorb calcium and replace what has previously been lost. If you don’t get enough in your body you are more likely to develop bone deformities and diseases such as osteoporosis, osteomalacia and rickets.

During and After Pregnancy

It has been known that low levels of Vitamin D are common in pregnant women with a recent study showing that up to 90% of pregnancies were Vitamin D deficient. Low Vitamin D levels in childhood may cause excess thickening of the arterial lining leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases in adulthood. Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy has shown a slight, but significant increase in birth weight that can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in adults.

Cognitive Functions

Recent research results have shown the connection between older adults who are severely deficient in Vitamin D and the likelihood of developing dementia. It has been established that people with low levels of the nutrient are more likely to experience cognitive problems and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As people age their skin becomes less efficient in absorbing Vitamin D through sunlight making them more dependent on other sources. Consuming supplements or a diet rich in Vitamin D can help to delay or even prevent the onset of cognitive diseases.

Healing Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease (CD) is a lifelong chronic relapsing and remitting gastrointestinal condition and is associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea and fatigue. In recent studies it has shown that supplementation of Vitamin D may help to impact the intestinal barrier dysfunction associated with the disease and could play a role in the treatment of the condition. The study also showed that people with high blood levels of Vitamin D had signs of reduced inflammation, and the patients reported this gave them a better quality of life.

We offer a wide selection of vitamins that help support a healthy lifestyle:

Vitamin B12
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6
Vitamin D2
Vitamin D3
Vitamin C
Vitamin C with Rosehip
Vitamin E
Vitamin B Complex

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