Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin is a fat-soluble vitamin produced by the body as a response to sun exposure; it can also be consumed in food or supplements.
There are two forms of vitamin D: Vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol and Vitaminin D3 or cholecalciferol. Vitamin D3 is made by the body naturally when skin is exposed to the sun, while vitamin D2 is commonly found in foods we consume.
Benefits of Vitamin D3:
- D3 helps regulate calcium and phosphorus, which leads to healthy, strong bones and teeth.
- Vitamin D3 has been shown to help improve muscle strength, balance, and physical performance by improving muscle metabolism.
- It supports the health of the immune system, brain, and nervous system.
- Research has shown that vitamin D3 may play a role in regulating blood sugar and ultimately supporting long-term heart health.
- Low levels of vitamin D3 may contribute to issues with mood because it’s a nutrient needed to help the body make neurotransmitters—chemical messengers that help regulate our mood
- Some studies show vitamin D3 helps to regulate insulin levels, which can help with diabetes management
Should you supplement Vitamin D3?
Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D3, and people who rarely or never go outside are most likely to be deficient in it. The daily recommended intake is 600 IU for adults, with an upper limit of 4000 IU per day. 15 micrograms of vitamin D3 is the same as the 600 IU recommendation.
Our best advice would be too get yourself tested and if found deficient, you may include supplementation as per the dosage recommended by a qualified dietician or Physician. Although it would be ideal you can get vitamin D3 from is natural source – sunlight.
So, Keep calm and soak up the sun!