Vitamin D is often nicknamed the “sun vitamin” because the organism triggers the process of synthetizing Vitamin D when the skin is in contact with the sun’s ultraviolet rays. We consider that lack of sleep leads to a vitamin D deficiency that affects the population on the whole. In March 2010, Statistics Canada showed that 2 out of 3 Canadians didn’t have the required levels of vitamin D to maintain “global health and prevent diseases”.
People who are at risk of vitamin D deficiency are those who don’t expose themselves to the sun, vegans (people who don’t eat any animal product), pregnant and breastfeeding women (whose needs increase), babies who were only breastfed (breast milk contains about 50 UI of vitamin D per litre and a baby needs 1000 UI per day), people with dark skin, people who suffer from intestinal diseases, the elderly, children and teenagers (vitamin D is important for their growth).
In the light of numerous studies, specialists agree to recommend a vitamin D supplement of 1000 to 2000 UI per day, to take throughout the whole year, to prevent:
- Osteoporosis and fracture risks: Vitamin D is vital to the absorption of calcium, helps with growth and supports the skeleton.
- Cardiovascular diseases: As it opposes the calcification of blood vessels and reduces arterial inflammation, vitamin D protects against cardiovascular diseases and hypertension.
- Cancer: Vitamin D is useful when it comes to the prevention of various cancers, especially the following: colon, prostate, breast and ovaries, because it affects the process of cell differentiation directly and assists cancerous cells with their “re-education”.
- Autoimmune diseases: Vitamin D helps with the immune system’s modulation. Studies have established a link between a low dose of vitamin D in the body have a higher rate of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory intestinal diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerous colitis).
- Diabetes: Recent epidemiological studies show that kids with a deficiency in vitamin D have an increased risk of suffering from type 1 diabetes. Since vitamin D helps lower the resistance to insulin, a good level of vitamin D in the blood helps reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Otitis: A recent Italian study presented at the American Society for Microbiology congress revealed that taking 1000 UI of vitamin D per day helped reduce the risk of ear infections in children. A pregnant woman should take 2000 UI of vitamin D per day to have a baby with optimal vitamin D levels. Infants should take 400 UI of vitamin D per day.
- Memory disorders: According to American and British scientists, a vitamin D deficiency could increase the risks of cognitive disorders in aging individuals. Even if there is no causal link, vitamin D is believed to have a preventive role.
- Backaches in elders: Chronic lumbar pain in elders could be caused by osteomalacia, a painful bone demineralization that occurs when there is a vitamin D deficiency.
DID YOU KNOW that vitamin D and vitamin K2 form an unbeatable duo to fight osteoporosis and calcification of arteries?
Vitamin D is essential to the absorption of calcium, but it vitamin K2 that guides the calcium to the right place, namely to the bones and teeth, and far from the arteries and soft tissues. It stimulates bone regeneration and helps increase bone mineral density.
Protect your health capital and your family’s by taking a vitamin D supplement 365 days a year.- Back to previous page -