An Alternative Vitamin D source to Excess Sunlight Exposure

An Alternative Vitamin D source to Excess Sunlight Exposure

Vitamin D deficiency is a global problem which affects over a billion people people indiscriminate of their geography. Even the Middle East and North Africa - where there is ample sunlight - register some of the lowest levels of vitamin D in the world, amongst a wide disparity of people including pregnant women, infants, children and the elderly.

The sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, is produced by the body when skin being exposed to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a some foods -- including fish liver oils, fish, egg yolks, dairy produce and grain based products. Research continues to reveal the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a number of health problems. It is essential for strong muscles and bones, as it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Whilst it can also result in obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease.

So What are the Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Some of the many reasons for Vitamin D deficiency can be low exposure to sunlight, extremely hot climates, cultural practices, dark skin, prolonged breast feeding, obesity, increased urban living, and low socioeconomic status.

Limited Exposure to Sunlight
When your skin is exposed to sunlight, the body transforms this into Vitamin D. However excessive sun exposure or UV can be harmful to the skin, causing lasting damage, or even skin cancer. Just a few of those risks could be:
  • Cause skin wrinkling and ageing

  • Damage the eyes

  • Suppress the immune system

  • Induce skin cancer

  • Induce dangerous skin reactions in children treated with certain medications.

Insufficient Intake through Daily Diet

This is likely if you follow a strict vegan diet, because most of the natural sources are animal-based, including fish and fish oils, egg yolks, fortified milk, and beef liver.

Dark skin

The pigment melanin reduces the skin's ability to make vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. Some studies show that older adults with darker skin are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Poor kidneys conversion of vitamin D to its active form

As people age, their kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form, thus increasing their risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Inadequate absorption of vitamin D

Certain medical problems, including Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease, can affect your intestine's ability to absorb vitamin D from the food you eat.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

Excessive sweating

It's often difficult to tell if newborns are deficient, but a sweaty forehead is one of the first noticeable symptoms, especially where activity levels and temperatures are steady and you're in a moderate temperature environment.

Feeling weak or down

Vitamin D deficiency can leave you feeling exhausted, even after a good nights sleep. Proper vitamin D intake helps you maintain energy levels, whether you're young or old. In fact, harvard researchers have suggested that supplementing your vitamin D intake could increase your muscle control, and result in 20% fewer falls among adults around 60 years old. Finally,  the levels of serotonin, which regulates your mood elevation can be affected negatively by low levels of Vitamin  D causing you to feel down. 

Chronic pain or Broken bones

Lack of vitamin D can increase your likeliness to experience aches, pains and even breaks in the bones.

So How Much Vitamin D do you need?

The recommended intake levels are:

Age

Male

Female

1-70 Year Olds

600IU (15mcg)

600IU (15mcg)

71+

800IU(15mcg)

800IU(15mcg)

 

Fine's Vitamin D Gummies for Children

A vegetarian and halal balanced formula of vitamin D and calcium, which is free of gluten, lactose, wheat, yeast artificial colours, and artificial flavours. Vitamin D supplements and in particular pectin gummies may provide the following benefits to children in particular:

  • Delicious taste
  • Children enjoy chewing pectin gummies rather than swallowing tablets
  • Dose is appropriate and can be individualized as needed
  • Enhance the development of healthy teeth and bones
  • Maintain optimal functions of nerves and muscles
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Provide protection against infections and cancer
  • Protect against asthmatic attacks

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