Why the vitamin D is so important? Is this just a current fashion and good marketing or the story goes much more beyond? Lets start from the facts.

What is vitamin D?

  • Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and it is a hormone as well
  • Since Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient, it’s important to take it with the largest meal of the day
  • It is present very poorly in food- almost impossible to reach substantial amount event with balanced diet
  • The only vitamin that can be produced in our body, but only in the presence of ultraviolet rays (UVB) from sunlight using the cholesterol as a building block.

Is it easy to become deficient in vitamin D?

Unfortunately Yes.

  • Sunscreens block UVA and UVB rays therefore block the production of vitamin D
  • Getting older can reduce vitamin D levels because the mechanisms needed to synthesize its structure from cholesterol become less efficient through time.
  • Obesity tends to lower vitamin D levels

What does Vitamin D do?

  • Promotes calcium absorption in the gut
  • Modulate the cell growth
  • Helps Neuromuscular function
  • Regulates Immune function and reduces inflammation
  • Prevents various types of cancer
  • Plays an role in the prevention and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, glucose intolerance

Vitamin D2 or Vitamin D3?

  • Vitamin D3 is the one synthetized from the cholesterol when sun strikes the skin, so it is considered more natural form
  • D2 does not circulate as long in the body, which means it has a shorter half-life. It is plant based and valued among vegetarians.
  • D3 is more stable than D2, meaning it has a long shelf life.

What is that Vitamin D can help with?

  • Boosts immunity
  • Helps with mood
  • Regulates insulin levels
  • Strengthens lung function and heart health
  • Prevents some types of cancers
  • Keeps your bones healthy

How much is enough?

Naturally, the dose is different whereas the supplementation is recommended to maintain the healthy vitamin D levels or to treat the deficiency.

At Galena Pharm, we emphasize individual approach to every single person, so give us a question if you have any particular concern about the recommended dose.