What is the importance of Vitamin D in our bodies and how can we make up for deficiencies? We ask the experts from BetterYou
• What are the functions of vitamin D in the human body?
Vitamin D is one of the many fat-soluble vitamins that the body requires to function correctly. It is responsible for a number of functions in our bodies including calcium regulation, ensuring calcium enters the bone to maintain healthy bones and teeth. The vital nutrient also supports a healthy immune system; which is our bodies’ first line of defence against infection and disease.
• What are the results of vitamin D deficiency?
Signs of vitamin D deficiency can manifest in common health conditions such as frequent coughs and colds, tiredness and fatigue, low mood, achy muscles and poor bone and tooth health. So, it’s easy to see why we all need it. If you suffer from any of these symptoms regularly, it could be a sign that you’re lacking in vitamin D.
• Who is likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency?
Although everyone should consider a vitamin D supplement in the Autumn and Winter, the Department of Health highlights that all pregnant women, people over 65 years old, children under five years, people who have low or no exposure to sun and people who have darker skin as ‘at risk groups’ – recommending that they supplement vitamin D all year round.
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• How much vitamin D do we need? Does this change with age?
We recommend a dosage level based on body weight and advise supplementation of 1000IU of vitamin D per 25kg of body weight. This usually equates to one spray of D3000 per day for adults living in the UK. For children our D400 Infant and D400 Junior products provide ideal daily dosage levels.
As we age, we are more likely to lead very indoor lifestyles and may also experience decreased dietary intake of vitamin D, making the older population more at-risk of deficiency. This is why the Department of Health recommends that everyone over the age of 65 takes a vitamin D supplement.
• What’s the best way to supplement your vitamin D intake?
Traditional methods of supplementation – such as tablets and capsules – can be challenging for some people. For example, those with dysphagia, young children and the elderly can find swallowing tablets difficult and unpleasant. Pill-free supplementation, such as BetterYou’s Vitamin D Oral Spray range, provides a convenient alternative to traditional tablets and capsules. Proven in a clinical trial to be just as effective as capsules at elevating vitamin D levels, the oral sprays deliver nutrients to the bloodstream via the buccal membrane of the inner cheek.
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• Is it possible to overdose on vitamin D? What are the symptoms?
It is possible to take too much vitamin D, which can result in vitamin D toxicity, although this condition is very rare. The safe upper limit for vitamin D supplementation is 4000 IU (100mcg) daily, so as long as you’re sure to stick to a dosage below this limit you do not need to worry. The symptoms of vitamin D toxicity can include nausea, vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination.
• What vitamin D supplements does BetterYou offer?
We offer a range of convenient pill-free vitamin D supplements suitable for all ages. Our children’s vitamin D range starts from birth and provides a great alternative to droppers or tablets for fuss-free supplementation. We offer a range of dosage strengths suitable for teens and adults from 1000 IU up to 4000 IU per spray. We also offer a vegan vitamin D spray and a D+K2 oral spray specifically targeting bone health.
• What’s the background to BetterYou?
Founded by Andrew Thomas in 2006, BetterYou was the first company in the world to develop a topically applied magnesium and nutritional oral spray and has been pioneering smart supplementation ever since. With each new innovation, we continue to meet the growing needs of our customers’ nutritional requirements. Providing scientifically formulated products that use the highest quality ingredients and the most effective and convenient delivery methods possible.
As BetterYou continues to grow, our commitment and passion for developing exceptional natural health supplements remains unwavering, and a cornerstone of the BetterYou brand.
• Where can I find out more about BetterYou products?
Our website is a great starting point if you want to know more about BetterYou and what we do. There is a wealth of information around the vitamins and minerals that could be missing from your diet as well as our Better Planet Project and recent Queen’s Award win!