Vitamin D – Are you getting enough?

The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is one of the essential nutrients that your body needs to function optimally – but unfortunately, it is often the Vitamin people are lacking! Vitamin D is fast becoming known as a ‘super-nutrient’. No longer just an important nutrient for healthy bones, recent research has also highlighted that it may have an important function within the immune system. 

A new study, carried out by researchers from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin has pointed to a link between lower levels of vitamin D and the severity of infection in those who contract Covid-19. The research highlights the key role of vitamin D in the body’s immune response to fight infection.In a press statement, TILDA principal investigator Prof. Rose Anne Kenny said: “Vitamin D has many benefits for bone and muscle health and the immune system, in addition to a potentially critical role in suppression of the severe pro-inflammatory response which characterises severe COVID-19 complications. Taking supplements of 800-1000 iu per day will ensure normal blood values.”

Vitamin D is also important for bone, teeth and muscle health. Keeping your bones healthy depends on your vitamin D levels as it is required for normal absorption and utilization of both calcium and phosphorus, minerals vital to strong bones.

Health Benefits

Vitamin D has also been shown to support a number of other factors that contribute to overall health, such as:  

How much do I need?

The need for supplemental Vitamin D has never been greater. The human body is able to produce vitamin D3, but only after sufficient exposure to the UVB rays in sunlight, therefore deficiency is often an issue for people during the winter months, when sunlight is in short supply. According to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin, it is recommended that you get 10-20 ug/day(400iu – 800iu) daily via diet or supplementation to maintain adequate levels. In persons over 70 years, 20-25 ug/day (800iu -1000iu) is recommended. 

There are three main sources of vitamin D – sunlight, food and supplements:

  • Fish, especially Salmon, Mackerel and Sardines
  • Fortified foods such as cereals and dairy products 
  • Liver and Egg Yolks
  • Fish Oil with Vitamin D e.g. Eskimo-3 Extra
  • Vitamin D food supplement

Eskimo-3 Extra

  • 800mg Omega-3 per capsule.
  • 800iu Vitamin D3 per capsule.
  • Suitable for adults at risk of vitamin D deficiency.
  • Ideal support for sports enthusiasts/athletes  
  • One-a-day capsule

Eskimo-3 is available in health stores and pharmacies nationwide, and at eskimo3.ie!

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