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Vitamin D is actually a hormone. It enables the absorption of Calcium and Phosphorus from the intestines and regulates gene expression in over 2000 genes of our 30,000 genes.
Vitamin D3 is naturally produced in humans in the skin when UVB light hits the skin and converts cholesterol to previtamin D, which is then converted to D3 (cholecalciferol) in the liver.
It is estimated that 20 minutes of sun exposure produce 20,000 IU of Vitamin D3 and we know there are Vitamin D3 receptors in most cells in the body.
Vitamin D is important for:
There are a number of important factors that affect our body's Vitamin D production, these include:
A statement from the Department of Health specifically says:
“We are aware that some of the UK population may be at risk of Vitamin D deficiency. This is a concern, particularly for at-risk groups, such as pregnant women, infants and young children”
Last year the Chief Medical Officers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, wrote to healthcare professionals to increase awareness of this important issue, and recommended the use of Vitamin D supplements for at-risk groups.
To support these recommendations the Department of Health has issued new guidance for Vitamin D supplements which has been outlined below:
Children 6 months-5 years: 7-8.5mcg
Pregnant and breast-feeding: 10mcg
65 years +: 10mcg
People not exposed to too much sun: 10mcg.
Please note this product is not suitable for vegans.
We have recently changed this formulation to include avocado oil instead of sunflower oil. Avocado Oil is the natural oil pressed from the pulp of an avocado. It is rich in Oleic acid (Omega 9), a monounsaturated fatty acid (similar to Olive Oil). Whilst it has a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of approximately 13:1, the Omega 6 content is relatively low. Sunflower Oil has a much higher Omega 6 content and, whilst the body needs Omega 6, it is pro-inflammatory.
This product is suitable for vegetarians.
Avocado Oil, Menaquinone 7, Cholecalciferol.