Vitamin D3 is also known as "The Sunshine Vitamin". Vitamin D is important for overall health, occurring in two main forms: vitamin D2 and D3. Your body can absorb it primarily through sunlight, through your diet, or through supplements.
If you do not take enough of it, you may not only have problems with your mood, but also with your bones, your muscles or your immune system. Plus, you may experience more inflammation and pain.
Vitamin D3 at a glance
Vitamin D helps control the absorption of calcium and phosphate from food. Calcium is important for bone health. Phosphate is needed for healthy bones, teeth, muscles, nerves and basic body functions.
Vitamin D exists in two forms:
- Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), it occurs naturally in some plants.
- Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), it occurs naturally in animals and is produced by the skin when exposed to sunlight.
You can meet your vitamin D needs with both forms. However, studies show that taking vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) supplements is more effective. This is because it raises your overall vitamin D level more than D2, and it stays in your body longer than vitamin D2.
The effect and benefits of Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 is very well researched as its health benefits are obvious. We have summarized some of the benefits for you below:
General benefits of vitamin D3:
- Prevention of cognitive decline
- Regulation of calcium and phosphate production in bones
- Bone growth and remodeling
- Reduction of inflammation
- Regulation of cell growth
- Improvement of neuromuscular function
- Support of immune function
- Support of glucose metabolism
Vitamin D3 for the brain 🧠
Vitamin D3 is a nutritional superhero that helps prevent cognitive decline. It plays an important role in immune function. It is involved in many processes in the brain, including neuro-immunomodulation (a euphemism for regulating the production of compounds in the brain that can boost the immune system).
Receptors for vitamin D3 (and the enzyme that converts it to its active form) are located in the parts of the brain that control cognitive function in aging. When vitamin D3 binds to these receptors, it can inhibit an enzyme involved in the development of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. In one study, vitamin D levels were lower in patients with dementia than in patients without dementia.
In two other studies, people with vitamin D deficiency had higher rates of mood disorders, depression and low mood. Although vitamin D is not recommended as a first-line treatment for depression, it may be beneficial in combination with therapy.
One study has shown that vitamin D supplementation may also help reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) by affecting the functioning of the immune system. However, more research is needed to determine how much vitamin D supplementation is needed to reduce MS risk.
Vitamin D3 for Well-being 💆♂️
Vitamin D3 has much more to offer than strong bones and teeth. Here are some proven benefits of vitamin D3 for the body:
- Promotes healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
- Strengthens the body's immune system.
- Reduces the proliferation of cancer cells and prevents the formation of new blood vessels and inflammation.
- Protects the heart by reducing inflammation (low vitamin D3 levels are associated with a higher risk of heart disease).
- Regulates sodium concentration through the renin-angiotensin system, which reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
How much vitamin D3 should I take?
According to the DGV, the nutrient reference value (NRV) for adults, the estimated value for vitamin D intake in the absence of endogenous synthesis is 20 µg per day. In fact, 1 billion people in the world suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Of this 20 µg, adults consume 2-4 µg per day through diet. This amount is not enough to fully supply the body with vitamin D. The difference to the estimated value must therefore be covered by the body's own formation and by taking a vitamin D supplement.
Vitamin D is found in mainly animal foods and can therefore be difficult for vegans to obtain.
How do you get your daily dose of vitamin D?
🥩 Cod liver oil - 300 µg
🍣 Salmon - 16 µg
🐟 Sardine - 11 µg
🍫 Chocolate (dark) - approx. 5 µg
Fill up your Vitamin D balance with NOUMEN
In addition to other important vitamins, such as vitamin C and essential B vitamins, our NOUMEN Brain Supplement also contains vitamin D3 in the form of cholecalciferol, with which you can easily fill up your balance. That's because the natural nutrient combination contains a total of 20 µg, which is your entire daily dose of vitamin D.
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