Known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because it is produced naturally by the body in response to sunlight, vitamin D is vital to the efficient working of the cardiovascular system and the general integrity of muscles and bone structures.
Traditionally a lack of vitamin D has been associated with rickets in children and brittle bones in adults, but recent studies have produced evidence that suggests an even wider impact on the body’s health.
A new report from Stanford University, for example, describes a direct link between the levels of vitamin D and the expression of a gene known as ID1 which is associated with tumour growth and breast cancer.
They found a correlation between higher levels of ID1 and lower levels of vitamin D. This means that a vitamin D deficiency may not only mean that breast cancer is more likely, but that the type of tumour will grow more aggressively and be more likely to metastasise to other parts of the body, making the disease inoperable.
Meanwhile researchers at Northwestern University have identified a similar link between vitamin D deficiency and the nature of prostate cancer in men.
In sufferers with lower levels of vitamin D the cancerous growth in the prostate was found to be of a far more aggressive kind, much more likely to move to other parts of the body.
The Northwestern team even suggested that the vitamin D levels could be used as a diagnostic tool to predict the nature of a prostate tumour and suggest the course of treatment that might best be followed.
Other clinical trials have firmly linked vitamin D deficiency to; type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and irritable bowel syndrome.
The National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE), the government’s public health authority has estimated that as many as one in five Britons, that’s well over 10 million people, may now be experiencing vitamin D deficiency, most without even realising it.
Between 2010 and 2014 the number of children being admitted to hospital because of vitamin D deficiency almost tripled from 1,398 to 4,638.
Fewer outdoor pursuits among the young and less leisure time for working adults mean both groups spend more time indoors and away from the sun than previous generations, harking back to the Victorian era of the industrial revolution when factory workers of all ages worked from dawn till dusk and vitamin D deficiency was endemic in urban areas.
In the UK we have a particular problem because the UV content of the sun is only strong enough to produce vitamin D for four hours a day (from 11am to 3pm) for six months of the year (from April to September). Typically we would need to spend 15 minutes or so at least every other day exposed to direct sunlight without any sunscreen to produce the appropriate levels of vitamin D.
This requirement increases for those with darker skin and with age.
The only way to detect a low level of vitamin D is through a proper blood test but there are indicators that vitamin D is lacking such as a depressed mood or unattributed aches and pains in your bones which could indicate the early stages of osteomalacia, the adult manifestation of rickets.
Weight can also be an issue, whether it is caused by excess fat or highly developed muscle mass, both reduce the ability of the body to absorb vitamin D and mean that higher levels are required to maintain an appropriate balance.
If you feel in any way that you may be suffering from a deficiency you should consult your GP immediately and he will be able to test your blood and recommend an appropriate course of action.
So even if you haven’t experienced any symptoms, you should take steps to ensure that your daily intake of vitamin D is enough to do its job properly. Unless you can guarantee a few hours of sunshine every day or your regular diet includes a high amount of mushrooms, oily fish (tuna or sardines), eggs or ricotta cheese, you may need to address your daily intake.
Most cereals, margarines, yoghurts and even some commercially produced fruit juices are fortified with vitamin D, but each of them is restricted to a portion of the recommended daily dose. Check the packaging for details.
In many European countries outside the UK, milk is fortified with vitamin D but there are no plans in place to do the same here.
So it is no real surprise that in July 2016 the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) officially recommended that all adults take vitamin D supplements at least through the autumn and winter months and that children take them all year around. (BBC News 21/07/2016)
You could take a daily dose of two teaspoons of cod liver oil which is rich in vitamin D, but not to everyone’s taste, especially children.
The recommended supplementary dose of vitamin D is at least 10 micrograms per day in order to ensure that those who are not experiencing sufficient sunlight or ingesting enough through food can maintain a sufficient level for their body’s needs.
Traditionally this supplemental dose has come through pill or capsule form. The supermarkets and health shops are full of vitamin supplements ranging from the cheap (which should be used with extreme caution) to the downright gouging. But few if any of them are natural products, most are chemical compounds synthesised in a laboratory.
There Is a lot of research to indicate that although molecularly and chemically similar, these synthesised vitamins do not work with the body in the same way as the natural vitamin and are not as effective.
Nor is a pill the best possible method of delivery. UK research teams have investigated various intake methods and found that an oral spray produced the most immediate and impressive results in their test subjects.
Dr Charles Hart, head of one such study at Cardiff University explained “the ultra-fast uptake is due to the very absorbent tissue within the mouth and the close proximity of a rich vein network.”
The research shows that the best way to use the spray is under the tongue or on the inside of the cheek for maximum absoption.
We recommend using the Dlux 1000 Oral Spray which delivers a 1000iu dose of natural vitamin D with every spray equivalent to around 25mcg of bioavailable vitamin D. More than enough to ensure your levels are appropriate.
Each bottle comes with 15ml of liquid which will produce about 100 sprays.
The content of the spray is refined from coconut oil with the addition of a natural sweetener (xylitol) and peppermint oil to add flavour and make it more palatable for daily use.
All the ingredients are guaranteed 100% natural and safe.
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Here are some of the online comments left by users of the Dlux 1000 Oral Spray
“A brilliant product, simple to use and a great way to ensure that your vitamin d is optimal. I was able to get my levels up to where they need to be for good overall health.” (whistledownthewind from Wirral – 30/3/14).
“This spray is excellent - easy to use and I could both see and feel the difference to my skin and well-being after just a week. My face looks brighter and gone is the winter slump. The minty taste is pleasant and I can't stress enough how simple this is for such a high dose (unlike multi-vitamin tablets which rarely reach the guideline daily amount). Excellent for children and anyone with a dislike for tablets. I have used this daily for a few weeks now and the bottle still feels very full!” (MJ2014 – 4/3/2014)
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