Why do you need vitamin D, what is it, what happens if you have a vitamin D deficiency and what are the symptoms?
What is vitamin D and why is it so important?
Because vitamin D is such a popular vitamin, it is also relatively well-known. It has a great deal of influence upon our bodies, and it is evident that there are many processes where vitamin D plays an essential role.
Vitamin D is not only essential to our physical health, it also boosts our mental health. That’s because vitamin D encourages the production of serotonin – the happiness hormone – which does incredible things for your spirit. Vitamin D, together with calcium, also gives you strong bones, and it also improves your muscle performance and, if you get sufficient doses of vitamin D, it increases your resistance. That’s because it plays a major role in cell growth and division, both in your immune system and elsewhere.
Almost everybody will gain from getting extra vitamin D. Vegans and vegetarians frequently also need a vitamin D boost. If you are unable to get vitamin D from the sun, then fatty fish is one option for getting your daily dose. During winters in particular, when you may return home from your work in the dark and are hardly ever exposed to daylight or the sun’s rays, we recommend that you tackle your vitamin D deficiency with a booster.
How can I get vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a special vitamin, as it is produced by your skin with the aid of sunlight. It is also available in certain foodstuffs, but that is mostly from animal products and only in very small quantities. At Amanprana we recommend that you only take plant-based vitamin D, such as the vitamin D in our Vitamin D2 + Superfoods Consommé.
Why is vitamin D so important and what happens when you suffer from vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D serves a variety of purposes, with some of the major ones listed below.
Vitamin D for bone remodelling: calcium and fractures
Vitamin D is essential for bone remodelling as, together with calcium, it is responsible for strong bones. The vitamin D is converted into calcitriol, which is actually a hormone. Calcitriol stimulates the absorption of calcium from the gut and ensures that there is a sufficient supply of calcium for bone mineralisation. This is how vitamin D limits the loss of bone and improves bone density, a combination that ensures that the chance of bone fractures is reduced.
Vitamin D contributes to balance and muscles
You muscles also benefit from vitamin D. When you get sufficient quantities of vitamin D your sense of balance will be better, while a vitamin D deficiency results in weak muscles and muscular cramp.
Vitamin D helps resistance and your immune system
Vitamin D both directly and indirectly affects your immune system, or resistance. We have already seen how vitamin D benefits your bone remodelling and your muscles, but how does it improve your immunity? When vitamin D is converted to calcitriol you gain cellular immunity, as an antibacterial protein that neutralises bacteria is created. That makes vitamin D highly effective. The exact role it plays and why it works as it does must be further studied.
Vitamin D and depression and the winter blues
Your brain also suffers if you have a vitamin D deficiency, and multiple studies have demonstrated a link between vitamin D and depression. That’s because a vitamin D deficiency lowers serotonin levels, which is directly linked to various forms of depression.
If you have sufficient quantities of vitamin D in your system you will not be as susceptible to feeling depressed. This also helps to explain the winter blues – why do we primarily suffer from depressions in the winter and early spring? It’s because our bodies are facing a vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D also affects cellular differentiation: prevents cancer and acts as an anti-inflammatory
That’s a lot of things that vitamin D influences, but there are more bonuses. Vitamin D also affects cellular differentiation and proliferation, which are regulated by the vitamin. That means it can prevent cancer and acts as an anti-inflammatory. For example, research conducted by the DCS (Dutch Cancer Society) shows that sufficient quantities of vitamin D could prevent colorectal cancer.
How to combat a vitamin D deficiency. Use Amanprana Vitamin D2 + Superfood Consommé
Because so many people in Europe suffer from a vitamin D deficiency and because it is such an important vitamin, Amanprana has created a special product that will reduce the deficiency. Amanprana has launched two types of its Amanprana Vitamin D2 + Superfood Consommé – the original type to supplement your vitamin D intake together with extra superfoods so that you are consuming healthy nutrients, and the Vitamin D2 + Safran + Superfood Consommé one with extra saffron. They are primarily intended for the cold months when the winter blues or depression is threatening as a result of a vitamin D deficiency.
- Increases your resistance
- Combats joint pains
- Boosts your immune system and gives you energy
- Vitamin D has a major impact on calcium absorption, helping to give you strong bones
- It is a powerful natural antidepressant, especially the one containing saffron, and is perfect for treating the winter blues
- Combats fatigue