Vi­ta­min D im­por­tant for men­tal health

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE - WITH CLAIR WHITTY

VI­TA­MIN D is an im­por­tant vi­ta­min that many of us are de­fi­cient in. The best source of Vi­ta­min D is from the sun, when the sun is at its high­est in the sky. This time of year we won’t have much sun and if you weren’t ex­posed to much sun­shine dur­ing the sum­mer months you may need to top up with vi­ta­min D to keep you in tip top shape.

Vi­ta­min D is im­por­tant for our men­tal health and our mood. One of its most im­por­tant func­tions is to help us ab­sorb cal­cium to en­sure we have strong bones. It sup­ports im­mu­nity help­ing to pro­tect us from colds and flu, and helps fight in­fec­tion.

The main food sources in­clude cod liver oil, oily fish, eggs, cheese, but­ter, for­ti­fied dairy prod­ucts, and ce­re­als.

Some health is­sues as­so­ci­ated with Vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency in­clude os­teo­poro­sis, low­ered im­mu­nity, low mood, and hor­monal im­bal­ance. Bone pain and mus­cle weak­ness are a symp­tom of de­fi­ciency. A de­fi­ciency can in­crease the risk of heart dis­ease and can­cer. Both adults and young chil­dren are at risk of Vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency. So as you can see it is an im­por­tant vi­ta­min and it’s worth con­sid­er­ing whether you need to take ex­tra.

You’ ll find vi­ta­min D2 and vi­ta­min D3 sup­ple­ments, D3 (chole­cal­cif­erol) is com­monly made from ex­tracts from sheep’s wool (lano­lin),it’s also made from lichen which is suit­able for veg­e­tar­i­ans and ve­g­ans. D2 (er­go­cal­cif­erol) is the syn­thetic form vi­ta­min D present in many sup­ple­ments. D3 is con­sid­ered the more ab­sorbable form Vi­ta­min. Vi­ta­min D is a fat-sol­u­ble vi­ta­min mean­ing that it’s bet­ter ab­sorbed in the pres­ence of fats or oils.

The amount needed will vary from per­son to per­son, a blood test will help you de­cide. Some peo­ple will judge ac­cord­ing to how they feel, for ex­am­ple a drop in mood in the darker days can be an indi­ca­tor, if you also get lots of colds and flu this may be an­other sign. Most peo­ple take 1000iu at this time of year.

Why not have a chat with the staff in your lo­cal store to help you choose. Clair Whitty is a Bach Flower Prac­ti­tioner, a Nu­tri­tional Health Coach ac­cred­ited with Thought Leader Nat­u­ral Health 2018 and a Vega Food In­tol­er­ance Tester at The Nat­u­ral Health Store, 24 North Main Street, Wex­ford 053 9121613 | [email protected]­ | www.nat­u­ral­health­

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