It’s common knowledge vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it's produced in the skin upon exposure to sunlight. But if you’re not getting much sun, such as during the cold winter months (they're very close!), or you regularly cover up or wear sunscreen, are you getting enough vitamin D? The answer is a resounding “Probably not!”
Recent research suggests we need much more vitamin D than previously thought for optimal immune function and long-term health. But first...
What Does Vitamin D Do?
Cholecalciferol, also known as vitamin D3, is more biologically active in the body than vitamin D2.
- Vitamin D increases calcium absorption from the intestinal tract (bone health).
- Vitamin D reduces calcium losses in urine (bone health).
- Vitamin D mobilizes calcium from bone to maintain normal blood calcium levels (bone health).
- Vitamin D deficiency has recently been associated with immune function, cardiovascular health, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis and hormone balance....