Vitamin D3, 5000IU
- Optimum form and high potency dose
- Maintain bone health
- Support healthy eyes
- Protect teeth
- Avoid deficiency
Vitamin D has been studied for a number of exciting applications and is emerging as a key nutrient for long term health. It is needed to utilize calcium and phosphorus in the body, to promote bone growth, and to maintain bone density.
The two main forms of Vitamin D are Ergocalciferol (D2), primarily derived from diet, and Cholecalciferol (D3), synthesized within the body when the skin is exposed to UVB rays.
Vitamin D2 is found in high concentrations in mushrooms (a rare source of D for vegans) and in moderate concentrations in fatty fish, such as wild salmon. However, it's difficult to get enough vitamin D from food. In some countries, foods like cereals, milk and margarine are fortified to include moderate levels of the vitamin, but many of these foods are not ideal to consume in large amounts.
Smog, latitude, sunscreen and time of day all impact the amount of D3 your skin can make from the sun in any given period. Although vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, it can only be stored in the body for sixty days, increasing the risk of deficiency in climates with shorter summers and less daylight hours.
Suggested usage: Take 1 softgel every 2 days with a fat-containing meal, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
The best way to find out if you have a Vitamin D deficiency is to check your blood level with a 25(OH) test, which can be easily performed by any physician. The normal range is 32 to 100 nanograms per milliliter, but Kurzweil & Grossman recommend maintaining a level of at least 50 nanograms, though no greater than 100.
Although there is a risk for toxicity with excessive D intake, research indicates the current RDA and UL (official minimum and maximum intakes) are too low. If your level is under 50, we suggest 5,000 IU per day until your level improves. If you are trying to maintain a high level or increase levels at this dosage, we recommend regular blood monitoring to avoid toxicity.
Other Ingredients: Softgel Capsule (bovine gelatin, water, glycerin) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
As we age, our need for vitamin D increases. However, the ability of the skin to make D3 and the capacity of the kidneys to utilize the compounds both decrease with age. Older people and women with low sunlight exposure and/or milk intake are the most likely candidates for dietary deficiencies in vitamin D. Individuals in northern climates and those with dark skin (the additional melanin makes D3 synthesis by sunlight take longer) are also likely candidates.
With deficiency, there is a decrease in production of the protein that helps enable calcium absorption, which can lead to weakened bones. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to certain cancers, immune weakness and diabetes. A study of 708 men and 1,058 women found an association between cognitive impairment and low levels of vitamin D in the blood. The participant group with the lowest vitamin D levels had more than twice as many instances of cognitive impairment.8
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- AMWA. "Vitamin D and Your Bone Health." http://www.amwa-doc.org
- Llewellyn DJ, Langa K, Lang I. "Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentration and Cognitive Impairment." J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2008 Dec 10. http://jgp.sagepub.com/