Why would we need to supplement with Vitamin D and why do we not get enough in the UK?
I don't know about you but I am loving the sunshine it just makes me feel good! Although I have never been a sun worshiper, I know the abundant health benefits the sunshine provides. Hydroxyvitamin D3, or Vitamin D, is a fat soluble vitamin mainly provided by the sun. It is a well know clinical fact that vitamin D helps with our mood as well as many other things:
Promotes Strong Bones & Ligaments*
Promotes Natural Immune System Support*
Promotes Natural Weight Management*
Assists in the Absorption of Calcium and Phosphorus*
Promotes Regulation of Blood Sugar*
Promotes Healthy Mental Clarity and Mood*
Strong Anti-Arthritis and Anti-Osteoporosis Properties*
Helps Regulate Blood Pressure, Thyroid, and Kidney Function*
Natural Anti-Inflammatory Support*
So in a country where sunny days are few and far between, there is a case for supplementation IMO. I see many vitamin and mineral blood profiles from my clients and it is incredibly rare that I see correct levels of this vital vitamin; instead levels are well below the clinical reference ranges given. Usually calcichew with D3 is given for a short period, however synthetic vitamin D3 isn't going to maintain your levels for long. A retest will show an improvement and then the chances are that the issues (unless addressed) will creep back in.
My advice, take an opportunity to get some sunshine, be sensible about it. Maybe invest in a sunlamp in the winter time to help boost mood, if you feel you do suffer with SAD, and eat the foods that do naturally offer vitamin D (not fortified cereals/milk etc) such as oily fish and eggs. Unfortunately there are not lots of foods with high level vitamin D in it.
If you are looking to supplement, there are a brilliant selection of supplements on the market that I trust:
Dr Mercola Multivitamins Plus, containing Vitamin D3 -
5000iu in D3- good levels of Vit D with natural wholefoods to give you the "Rolls Royce" of supplementation -http://clarityhealth.co.uk/product/multivitamin-plus-dr-mercola-240-tablets/
Max Health Labs Vitamin D-
This is a vitamin delivered in a gel form so the body can absorb (clinically proven) the vitamin. Near 100% bioavailability-http://clarityhealth.co.uk/product/max-health-labs-liposomal-vitamin-d-1000mg/
Dr Mercola Sunshine Mist, Vitamin D-
This is a spray that is administered under the tongue as a sublingual spray. This enhances the absorption of the product to ensure you get the benefits!http://clarityhealth.co.uk/product/sunshine-spray-vitamin-d-dr-mercola-25ml/
If you want to look at clinical information of Vitamin D, please check out my clinical resources: http://www.maxhealthlabs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Vitamin-D-Clinical-Research.pdf