how to get it and what are its advantages?

Vitamin D is an essential hormone for our metabolism. Normally, our body does not produce vitamin D mainly in UV rays. It is called the “sunshine vitamin”. According to several studies, half of the French are deficient in this vitamin.

It is during the summer period that you need to replenish this hormone so that it does not run out this winter. However, the problem is the lack of outings or repeated application of sunscreen. Older people and people with dark skin also suffer from this deficiency because leather is less synthetic.

The main benefit of vitamin D is to ensure a sufficient concentration of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. This support ensures good mineralization of bones and teeth, normal coagulation and correct muscle function.

Where is vitamin D found?

Our body does not produce vitamin D. It is found in UV rays as well as in certain plant and animal foods. It is found in oily fish, e.g tuna, sardines and salmon. It is also found in offal and eggs. As for plant origin, this hormone is found in mushrooms.

Other foods are fortified with vitamin D. Dairy products are cited, as well as margarine and cereals. However, it does not meet all our needs. One of the foods with the highest vitamin D content is cod liver oil. But underestimated by many, few dare to take risks.

Can take a blood test, so that we know about a possible lack of vitamin D. This blood test allows us to find out what dose of vitamin our body needs. Please note that it is not covered by health insurance. Its price is 15 euros.

Its many advantages

A common reflex when fatigue sets in is to think about taking vitamin C. However, vitamin D should not be neglected. It affects muscle strength by allowing better at fighting off infections like colds and flu.

This vitamin helps the absorption of phosphorus and calcium in the intestines. It contributes to the strengthening of our bones and teeth. Vitamin D also plays an important role prevention of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It is important to clarify that vitamin D does not protect against pathologies. Simply to prevent certain chronic diseases.

This year, doctors often debate the hypothesis that vitamin D supplementation protects against the coronavirus. Its protective effect is confirmed, but nothing is clear at the moment. Research into this hypothesis is ongoing.

Dosage is important

If half of the French are deficient in vitamin D, attention should be paid to the recommended dose every day. In pharmacies, ampoules are available to be used once a month. Their vitamin D concentration is quite high. Another solution is to choose a daily amount of this vitamin.

Daily rate for adults 15 micrograms is recommended. This corresponds to 600 international units (IU). For better identification, 1 microgram corresponds to 40 IU. It is estimated that in summer without sun protection, 10-20 minutes is enough. Artificial UV booths do not produce vitamin D. This practice is not recommended.

finally, beware of overdose. It is toxic and poses many risks. Mild fatigue may occur, but nausea, bone risk, and even coma may occur. Always buy vitamin D bottles from pharmacies. Products offered online are not necessarily good.

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