The winter weather is slowly setting in and for most of us the long summer nights are a distant memory. As we adjust to the darker nights and spend more time indoors and with the little sunshine we have usually during the working day, it’s common for many of us to experience a decline in mood.
This is especially so for those who live in the UK and other countries high in the northern hemisphere where sunlight is insufficient to promote adequate levels of vitamin D and becoming non-existent for anyone living north of Birmingham during October to March.
As winter passes and spring arrives, the levels of Vitamin D in our bodies has become alarmingly low, with Vitamin D obtained from food representing only a fraction of that which our bodies would normally produce under the right conditions. Initial studies have suggested that at least half the UK population is deficient in Vitamin D while this rises to 90% of those with darker skin of the multi-ethnic population. This is why many health professional and Doctors are now recommending a Vitamin D supplement.
Vitamin D has a vast array of health benefits and can affect as many as 2000 genes in the body. Vitamin D is vital for the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, helping to produce strong bones and teeth and maintaining normal growth and development.It helps boost the immune system, improves hormone response and reduces levels of depression and anxiety – great for beating the winter blues!
Dosage is important when supplementing with Vitamin D, in clinical trials, those which showed the most positive results all used higher levels of vitamin D. Even the UK government has recently increased the recommended intake to 1000iu, while overs advocate even higher levels. Dr Holick, the leading authority on Vitamin D, recommends at least 2000-3000iu daily. The great thing about Vitamin D supplementation is that due to it being fat soluble it does not have to be taken daily, with a once or twice a week approach working well to maintain levels of vitamin D.
We have a great offer on during November with 20% of any of our Vitamin D3 (As cholecalciferol, the bodies preferred form of vitamin D) products. Just use the code: GETVITAMIND when checking out on any of the following products.
**January 2018 Update**
We have the same code available for use on all our Vitamin D3 & K2 products throughout the month of January, just enter: GETVITAMIND when checking out.