Overcome vitamin D deficiency with D3 Pro
Especially designed to boost your vitamin D levels, D3 Pro 2 and D3 5000 plays a key role in maintaining overall health and wellbeing by supplementing the body’s natural resources.
Vitamin D supplements are particularly beneficial as we age because our body cannot easily produce vitamin D naturally through diet and sunlight.
What is vitamin D?
Bioactive vitamin D, a fat-soluble steroid hormone, is vital for many essential bodily functions including the calcium and phosphorous absorption that helps maintain strong and healthy bones. However, there is increasing concern that many people, particularly older people, suffer from insufficient levels of vitamin D, with a 2012 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism indicating 92.8% deficiency in its female, elderly subjects.
Vitamin D becomes active in the body after a two-stage synthesising process that converts vitamin D3 – predominantly produced by sunlight on skin – into calcitriol, the most potent steroid hormone in the body.
The older population require more vitamin D3 as they age. The Institute of Medicine’s latest report indicates an increase in the recommended intake of both calcium and vitamin D for those over 70 years old. However, older people are also more susceptible to low vitamin D levels due to spending more time indoors and the fact that older, thinner skin can’t synthesise UV as efficiently. Understandably, people are also spending less time in the sun due to cancer awareness.
As lack of exposure to the sun becomes an issue, it also becomes difficult to significantly bolster vitamin D levels solely from the diet. Only a small number of foods are a source of vitamin D, such as oily fish like salmon and sardines, eggs, fortified fat spreads, milk, and breakfast cereals.
So even though the body’s store of vitamin D3 can be bolstered by the skin being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, or by being taken orally through diet, vitamin D deficiency is becoming more common, particularly in older people.
Common causes of low vitamin D levels include:
- limited exposure to sunlight (availability and sun sense awareness)
- dark skin pigmentation
- dietary inadequacy (such as milk allergy, lactose intolerance, veganism)
- inadequate absorption from the digestive tract
- the kidney’s inability to convert calcidiol to calcitriol.
D3 Pro and D3 5000 are an excellent supplementary source of purified vitamin D3, spray-dried with pharmaceutical-grade coating materials and preservatives that make it soluble, stable and potent.
- Solubility. Although Vitamin D3 itself is fat-soluble, our coated Vitamin D3 is water soluble and will completely dissolve in cold water.
- Stability. Fats, oils and many vitamins are subject to degradation by oxidation and hydrolysis, after which they are commonly referred to as ‘rancid’. Our coated Vitamin D3 is exceedingly stable and thus retains its potency for long periods of time.
- Potency. The purification and coating process allows us to make a product with much higher levels of Vitamin D3 than one could get from foods or oils. For example, one would need to consume 3.5 tablespoons of cod liver oil or 35 cod liver oil softgels to obtain the 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 contained in one small capsule of D3 Pro 5000.
What are the effects of vitamin D deficiency?
With low vitamin D levels causing vitamin D deficiency, it is necessary to assess the symptoms and associated diseases.
While low levels of vitamin D often cause no symptoms, some common vitamin D deficiency symptoms are:
- pain: muscle and joint pain, chronic pain, muscle cramps and weakness, headaches
- fatigue and restless sleep
- weight gain
- high blood pressure
- poor concentration
- bladder problems
- constipation or diarrhoea.
Because vitamin D’s active hormone, calcitriol, is particularly beneficial to bone health due to its role in aiding calcium and phosphorous absorption, a deficiency can lead to thin, brittle, misshapen bones, or the bone disease, osteomalacia (known as rickets in children).
Vitamin D deficiency needn’t cause concern, however. In a fast-paced world, it’s common to be low on important nutrients such as magnesium calcium vitamin D and other well-known vitamins. D3 Pro 2 and D3 5000 provide an alternative way for the body to produce calcitriol and support bone health, while reducing the risk of numerous diseases and deficiency symptoms.
As some of the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are similar to having too much vitamin D, it’s important to discuss supplements with a health care professional.
Maintaining optimum levels of vitamin D for better health
Overcoming the low vitamin D levels that are more likely as we age is an ideal way of obtaining overall health and wellbeing. Adequate vitamin D is known to:
- enhance muscle strength
- possess anti-inflammatory properties
- strengthen our immune systems
- help the action of insulin
- have anti-cancer properties.
Of particular note is the benefit that vitamin D has proved in recent studies of trauma patients. In 2012, vitamin D deficiency in trauma patients was linked to a high incidence of bone breaks that failed to heal. A large portion of trauma patients were seen to be suffering vitamin D deficiency symptoms and supplements were a recommended treatment method.
The large portion of trauma patients that were identified as having vitamin D deficiency reinforces the fact that natural vitamin D sources are limited, and the importance of vitamin D supplements.
Regardless of the sources of vitamin D, it’s clear that it has many health benefits. When levels of vitamin D are balanced harmoniously and the body is not suffering from either low vitamin D or excess vitamin D, we are less susceptible to significant diseases including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Autoimmune diseases
- Bone disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Heart disease
- Infertility and PMS
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
Too much vitamin D can also adversely affect the body, so it’s important to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D. A supplement can help keep levels of vitamin D perfectly balanced between too little and too much vitamin D.
As vitamin D deficiency symptoms become more prevalent in society, it’s reassuring to know that effective supplements such as D3 Pro 2 provide you with an incredible 50,000 IUs of vitamin D3 in each capsule.
Side effects of vitamin D supplements
Excess vitamin D can occur because this fat-soluble hormone is stored in the body for longer and therefore supplementation can on rare occasions lead to overdose causing vitamin D3 side effects of toxicity. Levels can be managed with regular blood monitoring every three months. Vitamin D side effects can also be caused by its interaction with other medicines and therefore supplements should be supervised by a health care professional.
Dosage of vitamin D 3
Your physician can take a blood test to determine whether there is either too little or too much vitamin D in the body.
A blood test is also the only way to accurately establish whether you have vitamin D deficiency and the correct dosage of D3 Pro 2 supplement that you require.
Reviews of vitamin D supplements
With such substantial and far-reaching benefits for health, it’s unsurprising that reviews of vitamin D supplements such as D3 Pro 2 are positive yet naturally tempered with cautionary advice about maintaining balanced vitamin D levels. It is widely agreed that achieving optimum levels of vitamin D from diet and sunlight alone are not sufficient, and that supplements can significantly benefit those suffering inefficient or deficient levels of vitamin D.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vitamin D3
Disclaimer: Please note that only your own physician can determine your precise needs, but in order to give you some information these answers are based upon the ‘average person’ and clinical / published results.
Is D3 Pro derived from an animal or vegetable source?
Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble vitamin that can be obtained from fish liver oils and a few other natural food sources. Bio-Tech Pharmacal Vitamin D3 is purified from lanolin that is extracted from sheep’s wool. The purified vitamin D3 is then spray-dried with pharmaceutical-grade coating materials and preservatives. This process confers several advantages.