Do you feel tired and exhausted without having a good explanation? Maybe your winter fatigue is related to vitamin D deficiency. Here's some vitamin knowledge about the sunshine vitamin.
Vitamin D deficiency
Mild D deficiency can cause symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain, but they can also occur without symptoms. Vitamin D has important functions in the human body, but in recent years, it has become known that mild vitamin D deficiency occurs frequently among the general population of the Nordic countries during the winter months. It is also the most common nutrient deficiency in the world. If you have dark skin, increased pigmentation can form a barrier against UV-radiation, and thus lower your own production of vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Reduced exposure, as seen in people who are indoors during the colder months or cover their body with clothes much of the year, may make them prone to vitamin D deficiency.
What is vitamin D?
Vitamin D, also called the "sunshine vitamin", is a unique vitamin compared to other vitamins that we need. It acts as a hormone, and our body can produce the vitamin itself with sufficient sun exposure of the skin. Vitamin D has several important functions in the human body. Perhaps best known is the role of building and maintaining healthy bones. Absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the intestines is important for building bone and this process depends on vitamin D. Many people associate vitamin D with the immune system, and there is a very good reason for that. Vitamin D plays an important role both in the regulation of the innate immune system and the so-called adaptive immune system, which specializes in fighting various infections**.
How much vitamin D to take per day?
The recommended daily dose of vitamin D is 10 ug for children and 20 ug for adults.
Can I get too much vitamin D?
Yes, since the vitamin is stored in the body, you can, but intake of up to 100 ug for adults and 50 ug for children is considered safe and you can´t get too much D-vitamin via sun exposure.
Where do you get vitamin D from?
On average, about 50-90% of vitamin D in the body comes through sun exposure, while the rest comes from the diet*. Vitamin D is also a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that our body stores the vitamin D it has produced or absorbed.
You need twenty minutes of sunshine daily with over 40% of your skin exposed to prevent vitamin D deficiency*. Most people meet their need for vitamin D in the summer months, but when we need to cover our intake of vitamin D through the diet, there are few good sources of vitamin D, and especially since these should be eaten every day.
Eat lots of fatty fish and mushrooms all winter
Good sources of vitamin D include fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna, eggs and mushrooms. Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D from plants, and like humans, mushrooms get an increased vitamin D content if they are exposed to UV-light.
Vitamin D supplements
Vitamin D supplements can help ensure that you get enough vitamin D throughout the winter and can contribute to enough vitamin D for vulnerable groups all year round. In the Nordic countries vitamin D supplements are recommended in the period from October to April, this is especially important for vegans or vegetarians, as there are few good vegetable sources of vitamin D via diet.
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D vitamin deficiency symptoms
A distinction is made between mild, moderate and severe vitamin D deficiency. Symptoms will primarily affect muscles and bones. With severe vitamin D deficiency, muscles can become so weak that you are unable to climb stairs or get up from a chair. It is important to be aware that mild symptoms can be confused with other health problems, as fatigue, weakness in muscles, low motivation, which all can be confused with mental illness. If the case is vitamin D deficiency and it is treated, these symptoms will usually disappear.
Collagen Immune Remedy
Vitamin D supplements can help ensure that you get enough vitamin D throughout the winter. Collagen Immune Remedy is a marine collagen powder with added vitamin D from mushrooms and freshly harvested stems, leaves and flowers of Echinacea, which have been used as natural medicine since the 1700s. Echinacea extracts help to support the immune system.
The powder dissolves easily in liquid and has the lovely scent and taste of blackcurrant. Start your first glass of water of the day with a tasty vitamin D supplement, stir it in your yoghurt for breakfast or enjoy a short break with a delicious blackcurrant smoothie.
Insider tip: Immune Probiotics
If you're looking for a natural way to maintain a normal immune system, try Immune Probiotics , a powder containing vitamin C. Vitamin C helps maintain a normal immune system. Each stick also contains 9 billion live lactic acid bacteria; from carefully selected strains of bacteria: BB536 and BIFOLAC ™ 12.