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Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamin D is important to your health in many ways

Wouldn’t it be nice to spend all day basking in the sun? Feet up, eyes closed, soaking it all up? Aside from being relaxing, it’s a great way of getting vitamins. Unfortunately, it just isn’t realistic in today’s busy world. But what you may not know is that the amount of time you spend outdoors might be more important than you think. Sun exposure allows our bodies to produce vitamin D, which is essential to overall health.

Among other things, vitamin D supports our skeletal structure and teeth by contributing to the absorption of calcium, while also helping to maintain the normal function of our muscles and immune system. With that in mind, it might be slightly alarming to learn the results of a recent large-scale European study, which found that vitamin D inadequacy is prevalent among 40.4% of the European population, irrespective of age, ethnicity and latitude.* The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which published the paper Vitamin D deficiency in Europe: pandemic? concluded, “Vitamin D deficiency is evident throughout the European population at prevalence rates that are concerning.”

*Cashman KD, Dowling KG, et al. Vitamin D deficiency in Europe: pandemic? Am J Clin Nutr (2016) 103(4):1033–44.10.3945/ajcn.115.120873

Indoor lifestyle

Although we might not want to admit it, our lives are largely concentrated indoors. Work, gym, restaurants, cinemas, home – these places dominate our time. And since vitamin D is produced by our bodies when our skin is exposed to the sun, or even regular daylight, the time we spend indoors reduces this exposure. This is especially true in the second half of the year when fewer daylight hours and covering up to keep warm exarcebate the problem.

Solar power

About 30 minutes of daily sun exposure of the arms and face, without sunscreen, could usually satisfy our daily vitamin D needs.** Summer is great time to be outside and exposed to the sun, but that’s when we try to follow advice by minimising the risk of sunburn or other UV damage by not venturing outside between 11 am and 3 pm. Those of us who do go out, heed the advice of experts and apply sunscreen to protect ourselves against UV radiation. This is great for avoiding the risks of burning and premature ageing, but also reduces the vitamin D production in our skin.

*The amount of vitamin D produced in the skin with the help of the sun might be affected by latitude, season, ozone layer and clouds, surface characteristics, clothing, skin colour, and age. Source: EFSA NDA Panel, 2016. Scientific opinion on dietary reference values for vitamin D . EFSA Journal 2016;14(10):4547, 145 pp. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2016.4547

Two active ingredients, derived from high-quality natural sources, make up the NUTRILITE Vitamin D one-a-day food supplement: ergocalciferol (D2) and cholecalciferol (D3).

Help is at hand

But don’t panic: covering your vitamin D needs actually isn’t hard at all. In addition to sun exposure, there are also foods that naturally contain the vitamin. These include fatty fish, beef liver, cheese and egg yolk. What if you don’t consume enough of them to meet daily requirements? There is another, excellent option: NUTRILITE™ Vitamin D. The food supplement provides a supplemental dose of 15μg (600IU) vitamin D, derived from 100% natural ingredients. One of the ingredients used is a nutrient-rich yeast, cultured at a NutriCert™ certified partner facility. As a highly concentrated source of vitamin D, the yeast helps to create a supplement that is closer to the diverse nutrient spectrum naturally found in the diet than supplements that only contain isolated vitamin D. Which means you can look to NUTRILITE to help you cover any potential nutritional gaps and support your overall wellbeing.

Just take one little tablet with water each day, at any time. Simple as that! Put the power of the sun in the palm of your hand with NUTRILITE Vitamin D.

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