1. Why is vitamin D an important supplement?
The most important function of vitamin D is to regulate calcium homeostasis and bone mineralization. We absorb vitamins in our bodies through food, but vitamin D can also be produced by the body through UV-B radiation from sunlight. It has long been proven that a certain amount of vitamin D is essential for bone formation and the healthy development of the skeletal system, as well as teeth in children.
2. How can we get the right amount of vitamin D in our body?
In Central Europe, we are naturally exposed to vitamin D; i.e. through adequate sunlight between April and September, but for the rest of the year our vitamin D levels may decrease significantly due to little sunshine.
Vitamin D can also be ingested in the form of tablets, but in this case we must remember that this vitamin is stored and soluble in fat. This means that in order to be absorbed from the intestine, a certain amount of fat is always needed and, unlike water-soluble vitamins, it is stored in the body. Thus, there is no need to take vitamin D daily, because if we have the right amount of vitamin D, our body stores it and gets enough for weeks or even months.
3. How can vitamin D deficiency develop?
Vitamin D deficiency can develop:
- From too little sun exposure and not enough natural sources of vitamin D
- Due to inadequate, deficient nutrition
- While taking certain medicines (antiepileptics)
- Due to increased kidney function
- Parathyroid dysfunction, or
- In case of hyperthyroidism, by some types of rickets.
In order for the amount of vitamin D in our body to last into the winter period, it is important to spend a lot of time outdoors during the summer and sunny periods.
4. How do we know if our body has the right level of vitamin D?
Active vitamin D levels are determined from a blood sample. So it is necessary to request a laboratory test to see if your vitamin D storage is adequate or needs to be supplemented.
Adequate vitamin D levels are a prerequisite, for example, for the success of PRF in dentistry, a method that has been used with great success in oral surgery and to treat periodontal disease.
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5. What problems can vitamin D deficiency cause?
Vitamin D deficiency can cause osteoporosis, softening of the bones, muscle cramps, and rapid deterioration of the teeth.
Good to know!
- If you take vitamin D with coffee, water or juice, its absorption will be quite low, as vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Therefore, you should always consume a little fat, such as almond, olive oil, avocado or coconut oil.
- Adequate vitamin D levels can reduce or prevent the development of certain heart diseases or the flu
- It can also play a role in reducing the symptoms of depression
- and can help in reaching your ideal weight, or weight loss
6. Is it possible to overdose on vitamin D?
- As vitamin D is hardly found in food, overdose from food is not possible. The good news is that it is almost never possible to overdose on vitamin D by beeing exposed to the sun either. The body naturally defends itself and prevents the production of vitamin D through the skin when its levels are satisfactorily high in the body.
- Overdose is only possible if we are exposed to a lot of extreme sunshine throughout the year, and at the same time it is accompanied by excess calcium and vitamin K2 deficiency.
- The following symptoms may occur due to overdose:
- upset stomach
- vomiting, nausea, diarrhe
- in more severe cases, the bones become brittle, and there may be a risk of kidney stones.
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