Many of you may have noticed the increasing attention being given to the importance of vitamin D3 in the media in the last couple of years. According to the government Chief Medical Officer, it is known that a significant proportion of people in the UK have inadequate levels of vitamin D3 in their blood. Our hospitals are now seeing regular cases of rickets among children, a disease we thought had been eradicated nearly 100 years ago.
So what’s the problem? We all have a healthy, balanced diet, haven’t we? No one is exactly sure why this is happening apart from the fact that we spend too much time indoors and when we go out into the sun, we lather sunscreen on ourselves due to fear of skin cancer. I think it must be more than that. But whatever the reason, the reality is we have a potential epidemic on our hands.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF VITAMIN D3 DEFICIENCY? There is no clear pattern of symptoms. Although vitamin D3 deficiency is classically associated with bone health, low levels have more recently been associated with increased risk of common cancers (especially breast, prostate and colon cancer), Type 2 diabetes, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and psoriasis. Vitamin D3 may help protect people, especially those with asthma and other chronic lung conditions, from colds and other respiratory tract infections, according to the largest study to date to look at the link. Here are some of the more common symptoms of deficiency:
• General muscle pain and cramps
• Poor bone density
• Joint pain and other chronic pain
• High blood pressure
• Restless sleep
• Headaches and poor concentration
• Bladder problems
• Constipation or diarrhoea
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT? An adult would need to eat 2-4 serving of wild salmon per day or spend about an hour in bright sunshine every day – naked, no sunscreen allowed - in order to get enough vitamin D3. Well, that’s not going to happen, is it? An easier way to ensure adequate intake for you and your family is simply to take a good quality supplement. That is where we can help: at Elixir we have a product called BetterYou Vitamin D+K2 Oral Spray. Vitamin K2 works synergistically with D3 to ensure that calcium is directed out of the arteries into the bones where it helps improve bone density. This action also helps minimise the risk of heart disease, so it is a particularly nice combination.
Vitamin D+K2 Oral Spray is specially formulated to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. The tiny droplets absorb quickly into your mouth providing faster nutrient absorption than tablets or capsules, and three sprays per day is all you need.
This is a vitamin you should be taking when pregnant, as it has been shown to dramatically reduce premature births and infection rates, and is also important when breast feeding. There are no contraindications or drug interactions when used according to instructions, but consult your healthcare professional before taking if you are concerned.