Vitamin D is crucial to the building and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Calcium, the primary component of bone, is only properly absorbed by your body when vitamin D is present. Vitamin D is created within the body when direct sunlight converts a chemical in your skin into an active form of the vitamin.
There are not many foods that contain vitamin D, but you can find it in fortified milk, fortified cereals, and fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, and sardines.
Unfortunately, most people do not get the necessary amount of vitamin D. Therefore, supplementation is needed. Vitamin D3 is the perfect supplement as it is the natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight.
Vitamin D can come in several forms. The two major forms are vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). The recommended form of vitamin D for supplementation is cholecalciferol. Cholecalciferol is metabolized to its active form, calcitriol, which increases the body’s absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Calcitriol may play a role in the immune system and may inhibit cancer growth and stimulate cell differentiation.
What Is Vitamin D3 Prescribed For?
Vitamin D3 is indicated for those with vitamin D deficiency, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, diabetes, and rickets.
Receiving vitamin D3 injections can treat and prevent the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, including fatigue and bone pain. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in the elderly, severe childhood asthma and cancer.
Vitamin D3 is paramount for a healthy immune system, as well as bone and nerve health.
Vitamin D allows for more efficient absorption of calcium, which helps keep bones healthy.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Vitamin supplementation is for wellness only, and not intended to cure or treat disease.