“Somebody gotta give you some vitamin D”
With large food companies quickly recognising the importance of Vitamin D we even have the likes of Ludacris on this band wagon with the release of his song ‘Vitamin D’. So now you know, it must be important right? So much so that Mr. TY Dolla Sign felt he needed to get on involved too (if you have never heard of these too, it’s ok, you’re not missing out).
As the song goes “somebody gotta give you some vitamin D” and for most of us, the boys weren’t wrong there! A lot of us, are deficient in vitamin D3 and we don’t even realise it! Vitamin D3 is also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because the sunshine is exactly where we get it from! Unfortunately for us living in Ireland or in countries of similar climates, we don’t get to see much of that yellow circle in the sky thus we run the risk of becoming deficit.
What difference does a little deficiency make? Well, Vitamin D3 supports bone and joint health, immune function by promoting the production of proteins which in turn protects our bodies from unwanted microorganisms, it improves energy levels, recovery from exercise as well as muscle function. So, as you can see, vitamin D3 is pretty important for us all!
Now, this is not a push to run and book a sun holiday, although if this is the excuse you’ve been waiting for, don’t let me stop you! However, I just wanted this short article to get you thinking about Vitamin D and the important role it has to play on our health. If possible, I would recommend getting your vitamin D levels tested with your GP. If testing isn’t possible, a maintenance dose of 2500IU for the average adult is a good place to start (a lot of supplements only provide capsules of 1,000IU so this is something to be aware of). If your vitamin D levels are below average, doses can range between 5,000-10,000IU so that is why it is important to get checked if you’re at all in doubt.
As I mentioned before, I am not a massive pusher of supplements however this, along with fish oils (reasons can be found in the article on Omega 3’s, only for those who do not eat 4 portions of oily fish/week), are the only two supplements that I would recommend that people consider when focusing on optimising their health.
I hope you have enjoyed this article, as Luda so eloquently put it “I just want you to stay healthy in these streets”.
Where I got the above info from (aka references):
- Diane L. Kamen and Vin Tangpricha, 2011. Vitamin D and molecular actions on the immune system: modulation of innate and autoimmunity
- Constantini NW1, Arieli R, Chodick G, Dubnov-Raz G, 2010. High prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in athletes and dancers.
- Holick H.F., Binkley N.C., Bischoff-Ferrari H.A., Gordan C.M., Hanley D.A., Heaney R.P., Murad M. H. and Weaver C. M, 2011. Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 96 (7): 1911-1930