Vitamin D is an important nutrient for your body and provides many benefits to helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The main source of vitamin D to the human body is natural sunlight but due to the unpredictable weather and the current lockdown, it’s difficult to ensure we’re receiving appropriate levels.
However, one way of ensuring your body gets the right amount of vitamin D is by eating food that provides it.
Why is Vitamin D so important?
When your body gets vitamin D (from sunlight, food or supplements), it turns the vitamin D into a hormone. This hormone is called activated vitamin D, or Calcitriol, which is very important to your overall health and wellbeing.
What are the benefits of Vitamin D?
Vitamin D helps our body in a number of ways including:
1. Support of the Immune System
The immune system is your body’s major safeguard against infection, illness and disease. This system is a vast network of cells, tissues and organs that coordinate your body’s defences against any threats to your health. Without it, you’d be exposed to billions of bacteria, viruses, and toxins, so it is vital to protect your immune system and keep it working effectively.
Vitamin D is important for the normal function of the immune system. A study by scientists in the University of Edinburgh found that vitamin D influences the body’s immune system and that a lack of vitamin D could make us more susceptible to some autoimmune diseases.
2. Healthy bones and teeth
Calcium is stored in your bones and is essential for building and keeping your bones healthy and strong. Phosphate is a mineral which combines with calcium to form the hard structure of your bones and teeth.
Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting your bones and teeth, as it is needed to help absorb calcium and phosphate into your body. Even if your diet is rich in calcium and phosphate, they won’t be absorbed into your body unless you have enough vitamin D.
Therefore, when it comes to building strong bones and teeth good nutrition is vital.
Vitamin D has also been linked to boosting our mood.
Some researchers have found that vitamin D could affect our levels of brain chemicals, including serotonin, which has a strong effect on mood. More and more large-scale studies are being carried out in the areas of vitamin D and mental health.
Try to get outside if you can and enjoy some of the sunshine vitamin (in compliance with lockdown regulations of course).
What is the best way to take Vitamin D?
It is possible for your body to get Vitamin D in two ways. One of these is when ultra-violet rays from the sun comes into contact with your skin. However, due to the unpredictable weather and the current lockdown it’s difficult to ensure we are receiving adequate levels of vitamin D. However, one way of ensuring your body gets the right amount of vitamin D is by eating food that provides it.
Vitamin D can be found in a small group of foods that can help give your body this much needed nutrient throughout the year.
These food groups include:
• Oily fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines
• Powdered milk
• Fortified breakfast cereals and fat spreads
Another way of adding the sunshine vitamin into your diet is through Linwoods Flaxseed with Bio Cultures and Vitamin D as one serving (30g) contains 100% of your recommended daily amount.
Try sprinkling it over your porridge, yogurt or salads DAILY to enjoy the nutritional benefits of vitamin D plus all the additional benefits of Omega 3, protein, fibre and bio cultures.