Vitamin D3 Advice Updated for the UK

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Exploring New and Old Health News Today – Vitamin D3 Advice Updated for the UK

Introduction

Vitamin D3 well known function is helping the body absorb calcium. It does this by switching (expressing) a gene in cells in the digestive tract to create a protein called calcium binding protein (CPB). This protein essentially absorbs the calcium from your diet. However, in recent years it has come to the attention of the scientific community that vitamin D3 gas far more functions other than expressing (CPB). We get vitamin D from the sun, ultraviolet rays from the sun interact with oils in the skin setting off a cascade of reactions where vitamin D3 forms. Your also can D3 from your foods, such as fatty fish.

The Science

In July 2016 News Outlets where discussing recommendations for Vitamin D3 supplementation in the winter months in the UK. The recent research in vitamin D have sparked suggestions for everyone to take supplementation of vitamin D during the winter months in the UK. A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to muscle weakness and brittle bones amongst some other related health conditions being discovered in this field of research.

For example The Guardian said;

“More than one in five people have low levels of vitamin D, which is essential for keeping teeth and bones healthy, according to recent data published by PublicHealth England“.

GC Biosciences have been testing 25 hydroxyl (25-OH) – Vitamin D3 for over 7 years and it is one of the leading vitamins we find recommending on a daily basis due to deficient levels in the blood. Although, the recommendations are for everyone to increase vitamin D every day, there is a genetic element that may mean that people do not need this. Furthermore, too much vitamin D3 can result in too much CBP leading to increased levels of serum calcium which can lead to kidney dysfunction. This is why you should have you vitamin D3 levels check 2-4 times per year.

Conclusion 

Vitamin D is needed by the body to absorb calcium as well as other functions that have been discovered in recent years. Vitamin D is obtained by the sun or through the diet consuming fatty fish. Recent research suggests everyone in the UK should take Vitamin D in the winter months. However, supplementing without testing can lead to too much vitamin D in the blood or too little, there is also a genetic element where some people need more vitamin D than others.

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