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You might have heard about Vitamin D and it's health benefits recently.
There's been a lot more mentioned in our media than ever before, despite it commonly being associated with just the winter months when there's less sunshine.
In research published in January 2019 by Mintel, Vitamin D has overtaken Vitamin C as the UK's most widely used vitamin. ☀️
Britain’s top five single vitamin supplements (based on sales) are:
With the current global health crisis the use of Vitamin D is set to soar further, with Vit D's immune response benefits being brought to many peoples attention.
Our body doesn't produce Vitamin D for itself, so we have to get it from our diet, supplementation or our environment.
Here are the most common sources of this essential vitamin.
The most common source of Vitamin D for our body is from our exposure to the sun. You don't need much. A 30 minute period of midday sun a number of times a week will give you plenty.
You do need to be outside, not in the shade.
You also need to have some skin exposed. So your face, arms, hands and legs ideally.
Obviously this becomes more challenging during the winter months to be consistent. Especially in colder climates.
One of the best food sources of Vitamin D is from our consumption of fish and red meat.
Obviously there is much discussion about the health pros and cons with red meat consumption, but Vitamin D is undeniably a benefit to eating a lump of steak. There is some discussion about increase in Vitamin D deficiency in our population, with more of an uptake of non-meat based diets.
There are fish such as Mackerel and Salmon, which are a good substitute for those sworn off red meat, if you're looking for a diet based approach to increasing your Vitamin D levels.
With 81 IU's of Vitamin D per egg, you're not going to get Vitamin D solely from this source. But it can potentially be part of your overall strategy to increasing levels in your body.
Don't forget eggs are a fantastic source of protein and high quality dietary fats as well as many essential vitamins and minerals.
Eggs truly are the original super food!
With the limited options above, many people do choose to supplement their vitamin D intake with products like Amber Boost (we'll tell you more about this below)
It's a convenient way to give yourself a boost, without having to worry about getting a daily dose of sunshine (although that does come with other benefits), or having to consume specific foods.
This method is especially useful for vegetarians and certain vegans who'd not normally get the benefit from their diets.
OK, beware of the next paragraph this is where we get nerdy. Don't worry it's not so important to know what Vitamin D is, more important to know what it does for your body.
Vitamin Dis a group of fat-soluble secosteroids 🤮 responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and many other biological effects.
In humans, the most important compounds in this group are vitamin D3 and vitamin D2.
Now that's out of the way lets discover why Vitamin D is so important!
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.
These nutrients helpkeep the following healthy 👇🏻
The NHS recommends the following:
From about late March/early April to the end of September, the majority of people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight on their skin.
Most commonly you'll see capsule/tablet dosages of1000 IU on supplement labels.
The recommended upper daily limit of Vitamin D is 4000 IU.
Our Amber Boost contains a daily dose of Vitamin D3 as well as the well known spice Turmeric.
Turmeric unfortunately get's a little complicated to talk, as there's few fully approved health claims. But for more information on why you should be supplement turmeric, click here 👇🏻
Amber Boost is vegetarian friendly, and for dietary vegans it's fine too.
If you're an ethical vegan then it is not suitable as the Vitamin D3 source is from sheep's wool.
Each capsule of Amber Boost contains the following ingredients: