ABCs of Good Health

An introduction to Vitamin D3

An introduction to Vitamin D3

From the smog-filled days of old, to spending all day inside behind computer screens, we simply don’t get enough vitamin D. It’s the sunshine vitamin, and it’s the one most of us are lacking.

Just 10 minutes a day in the sun is enough to top up your vitamin D levels, but we know that we can’t always rely on the sky being clear, which is why supplementation is such a good idea.

Vitamin D3 helps the body to absorb calcium, leading to strong bones and teeth, and healthy skin. It’s incredibly rare to see anyone with rickets these days, but this old-fashioned disease is the result of a lack of vitamin D.

You might also be interested to know that vitamin D3 is produced in the body from cholesterol, so it’s important that your levels are balanced. That comes down to diet, and supplementing with the B vitamin complex.

Do people with darker skin need more vitamin D?

Not necessarily. People with naturally darker skin have higher levels of melanin in their skin. This is a natural adaptation developed for living in areas where there’s generally more sunshine, warmth and opportunity to expose your skin to the outside world. If you live somewhere like that and spent a normal amount of time outdoors, you’re likely fine. If you have darker skin and you live somewhere like the UK, which isn’t particularly warm and sunny most of the year, you might have a greater need to supplement with a vitamin D.

What is vitamin D3 good for?

  • Strong bones and teeth
  • Proper absorption of calcium

Vitamin D3 is also known as:

Cholecalciferol

When and how much should I take?

Take one vitamin D3 softgel per day with food.