Why is it important to maintain the correct level of Vitamin D, and what is the best way to do it? The experts from Epsilon Life explain
What are the functions of Vitamin D in the human body?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that our skin synthesises from exposure to sunlight or found in some foods in the form D2. Its major biological function is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus, in addition to supporting bone and teeth formation. Vitamin D also has a role in the immune system, improving mood and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
What are the results of Vitamin D deficiency?
A deficiency in Vitamin D is incredibly common, particularly in countries with low sunshine exposure. In addition, vulnerable groups are more likely to be deficient. Individuals with a deficiency often experience fatigue, muscle pain and mood changes. In the long term, Vitamin D deficiency is most commonly linked to an increased risk of low bone density, leading to fractures and osteoporosis if untreated. It is also associated with a higher risk of chronic diseases, autoimmune conditions and heart disease.
Who is likely to suffer from Vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D deficiency is widespread. However, particularly vulnerable groups that are most likely to experience deficiency include:
- Infants under 5 years
- Adults over 65 years
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women
- Individuals who have low sun exposure
- Individuals with darker skin
How much Vitamin D do we need? Does this change with age?
The recommended daily intake for vitamin D is 400IU for all children and adults during winter months. However, vulnerable groups are advised to take vitamin D all year round. Vulnerable groups may be advised to take a higher level of vitamin D under supervision by their healthcare practitioner to achieve an optimal level that best suits their health requirements.
What’s the best way to supplement your Vitamin D intake?
Some foods contain vitamin D in the form of D2. Although beneficial, D2 must be converted into D3 by the body for optimal function, which isn’t always an efficient process. Therefore, supplementing with vitamin D3 is the easiest way to boost your levels for optimal function. Taking vitamin D in any format is beneficial; such as in capsules or tablets. Always ensure you are taking vitamin D supplements with a meal to maximise absorption, as it is a fat-soluble vitamin. Additionally, taking a vitamin D complex that includes vitamin K, Boron and Zinc can be beneficial in enhancing the utilisation of the nutrients for bone health.
Is it possible to overdose on Vitamin D? What are the symptoms?
Although very rare, it is possible to reach toxic levels of vitamin D if taken at significantly large doses. As vitamin D is fat-soluble, excess can be stored in body fat and released slowly into your blood. However, toxicity was only reported at extremely high amounts, where individuals were consuming over 10,000IU per day over a period of time. Vitamin D toxicity can cause fatigue, vomiting, slurred speech and other gastric and cognitive symptoms. Always stick to the recommended daily dose of your supplement to avoid any excess buildup in the body.
What Vitamin D supplement products does Epsilon Life offer?
One of our best-sellers is the Vitamin D3 K2 Zinc formula with added elements for peak bone health and vitamin D absorption.
We started with a pure vitamin D supplement (Epsilon Vitamin D3 5000IU), but we kept thinking about how we could improve it.
We have put a lot of effort and research into finding how we could create a formula that supplies our bodies with vitamin D and helps with its absorption. After all, if most of the vitamins or minerals from the supplement we consume do not get absorbed, all we are left with is expensive pee and an empty wallet.
Our team has tested several different ideas and formulations and came up with a list of elements that support vitamin D absorption:
- vitamin K2
- MCT oil
We’ve made sure to add the best forms of each ingredient to maximise the benefits for our customers. So, for example, we used a highly absorbable form of zinc (zinc citrate), vitamin K used is K2 Mk7, and our MCT oil is derived from coconuts.
Furthermore, we worked tirelessly to avoid artificial fillers – in the end, we only have the above ingredients and some rice flour packed in plant-based capsules. And nothing else. Unfortunately, some other products on the market include things such as magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, and silicon dioxide, which are all unnecessary, to put it mildly.
We sincerely believe our customers can be confident they are using the best possible vitamin D3 formula.
What’s the background to Epsilon Life?
We started as a small “Amazon brand”, selling our first vitamin D3 formula on Amazon UK. Since then, we’ve added new products, including Magnesium Glycinate and Vegan Omega 3, and started to gain recognition and sell elsewhere.
Our products are now available in many places: health shops, dental and health clinics, and pharmacies in the UK and EU.
Although we are a very small operation, we are proud that we have customers and partners in the UK and the EU – despite the additional hurdles and red tape on both sides of the border.
We have several products in our pipeline, with one attractive launch coming in November.
Where can I find out more about Epsilon Life products?
The easiest way is to visit our website at epsilonlife.com where we showcase our products and discuss food supplements and different health issues on our blog. We are happy to reply to all queries.