What is Vitamin D Good For?
It’s crucial for our health for many different reasons. It goes hand in hand with calcium when it comes to keeping our teeth and bones healthy. Without it, our bodies cannot absorb calcium properly which then leads to an array of problems, osteoporosis, rickets, osteomalacia…the list goes on!
What Foods are High in Vitamin D?
Although it’s one of the most important vitamins, it’s also one of the trickiest to get adequate amounts of through our diet.
It’s typically found in oily fish such as trout, salmon and tuna, eggs and cheese. So unless your diet consists of 8 eggs, 3kg of cheese or 2 cans of tuna per day, you simply are not getting enough through your diet!
Am I At Risk of a Deficiency?
People who are at a higher risk of Vitamin D deficiency are pregnant women, children under 5, older people 65 and over, people who have low exposure to sun and people with darker skin.
This is where a supplement steps in.
How Can I Increase my Vitamin D Levels?
Of course, it’s also made in our skin with the help of our elusive friend Mr Sun, but during winters shorter, darker days, this is not much of an option either!
It Plays a Part in Mental Health Too
As well as keeping our bones strong, it helps with our mental health too. 1 in 3 people in the UK suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), this can happen from a lack of Vitamin D from the sun during the winter, the changing of the seasons and the weather. SAD can affect your mood, energy levels and sleep among many other things.
Supplementation is an easy way to help reduce the symptoms of SAD when going out and enjoying the sun is not an option.
Links With Covid-19
Finally, the whole reason Vitamin D has been in the spotlight recently is the building evidence that supports its effectiveness in the fight against COVID-19.
Many clinical trials, including this one by Reina Sofia University Hospital in Spain have been done with vitamin D which have had some promising results. Studies have shown that patients given the vitamin while being treated for COVID-19 in hospital were far less likely to need ICU treatment. This is obviously an amazing development and a long due bit of positive news!
So there you have it, just a few (very important) reasons why all the fuss surrounding vitamin is well deserved!
Written by Étáin – Wild Oats Natural Remedies Advisor