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The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a nutrient often disregarded by the general public and knowledge of this compound is limited for most. As a result, here’s a few tips and facts regarding vitamin D and it’s value to the body, especially in challenging times like this.

Vitamin D aids in the regulation of calcium and phosphate in the body. Calcium looks after the bones, enables blood clotting and essentially allows our muscles to contract efficiently, a necessary mineral for normal bodily function. Similar to calcium, phosphate is a charged particle (ion) that contains the mineral phosphorus. The body requires phosphorus to build and repair bones and teeth, help nerves function, and make muscles contract. However, this isn’t all vitamin D can do for you!

Vitamin D has been evident to reduce the risk of Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease and Flu - you can check out the American Journal of Nutrition for the research they gathered between 2006-2010 for more information on this.

It can be hard to gain your RDI (recommended daily intake) of vitamin D from sunlight alone; especially during lockdown when being inside most of the day during sunlight hours. If you don’t think you’re meeting your vitamin D RDI, consider supplementing the nutrient or increasing your intake of fatty fish such as salmon, eggs, cheese and mushrooms - to name a few!

Uni-trition Top Tip: If supplementing vitamin D, use in conjunction with magnesium - it is essential for the absorption and metabolism of vitamin D and calcium. Magnesium influences the body's utilisation of vitamin D by activating cellular enzyme activity. Enzymes are protein molecules that stimulate every chemical reaction in the body. All the enzymes that metabolise vitamin D require magnesium!

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