Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient that plays a significant role in various aspects of health and well-being. In this article, we will explore the forms, benefits, symptoms of deficiency, recommended doses, interesting facts, and the inclusion of this essential vitamin in myPEAK Wellness, An Award-Winning Vegan Multivitamin.
Forms of Vitamin D: Vitamin D exists in two primary forms: vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D2 is derived from plant sources, while vitamin D3 is synthesized in the skin upon exposure to sunlight and can also be obtained from animal-based sources. Vitamin D3 is the superior form.
Benefits of Vitamin D:
- Bone Health: Vitamin D plays a crucial role in calcium absorption and helps maintain optimal bone health and density.
- Immune Function: Adequate vitamin D levels support a healthy immune system and may contribute to overall immune function.
- Muscle Function: Vitamin D is important for muscle strength and function, and can help keep the immune system strong and functioning optimally into old age.
- Mood and Mental Health: Emerging research suggests a link between vitamin D and mood regulation, with adequate levels potentially supporting mental well-being.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency: Vitamin D deficiency can lead to various health issues. Common symptoms may include:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Bone pain and increased risk of fractures
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired immune function
Recommended Doses: The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin D varies depending on age and sex. For adults, the RDA ranges from 600 to 800 international units (IU) per day. However, individual requirements may vary based on factors such as sun exposure, geographic location, and overall health.
Interesting Facts about Vitamin D:
- Sunlight exposure is a primary source of vitamin D synthesis in the body.
- Few foods naturally contain vitamin D, but some dietary sources include fatty fish, fortified dairy products, and egg yolks. The best sources of vegan D3 are found in microalgae which can be obtained through a supplement.
myPEAK Wellness, An Award-Winning Vegan Multivitamin includes a vegan source of vitamin D3, sourced from plant-based microalgae, along with over 25 other essential nutrients and 70+ fulvic trace minerals from ElevATP® Ancient Peat and Apple Polyphenol Extract, and more to create the most comprehensive multivitamin on the market. The formulation ensures adequate vitamin D supplementation for individuals following a vegan lifestyle or those who may have limited sun exposure.
- National Institutes of Health. Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin D. Retrieved from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
- Holick, M. F. (2007). Vitamin D deficiency. New England Journal of Medicine, 357(3), 266-281.