Vitamin D is called a vitamin, but it’s actually more than than. It's both a nutrient we eat and a hormone our bodies make when exposed to sunshine.
Vitamin D is important for immune health: Vitamin D helps white blood cells recognize foreign invaders and release protective proteins when needed.
Helps Mood and Focus:
Vitamin D plays a key role in brain function. There are receptors for Vitamin D throughout our brain tissue, specifically designed for receiving chemical signals from vitamin D. For people suffering from stress, Vitamin D is an important nutrient.
Adequate levels of vitamin D can also help protect against:
Am I getting enough Vitamin D?
Worldwide, 1 in 3 people have vitamin D deficiency. Did you know that Individuals with low levels of vitamin D have two times the risk of developing serious illness and on average have shorter lifespan by 7 years?
Here in Canada, the amount of vitamin D we get from sunlight exposure is limited because it can only be synthesized during the late spring, summer and early fall months, from around 10am – 2pm, when the UV index is above 3.
According to the most recent stats Canada data*:
- Approximately 1 in 3 Canadians (32%) had low blood concentrations of vitamin D (under 50 nmol/L)
- Children aged 3 to 5 were most likely to have adequate levels (89%), while the 20- to 39-year old age category had the lowest, at only 59%.
- About 40% of Canadians had low Vitamin D3 levels during winter months, compared with 25% in the summer.
- On average, females had a higher concentration of vitamin D in their blood than males.
*Vitamin D3 deficiency is defined as having a blood level of 25-OH-D3 of less than 25 ng/ml. The normal range is considered to be 30-50 ng/ml, but for optimal health, most health experts consider a blood level of 50 to 80 ng/ml as the target range. (Data for the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) compiled in 2012)
Wondering if You Need More Vitamin D3?
A blood test is the best way to know if you need to boost your intake of Vitamin D – and by how much. If any of the following risk factors apply to you or someone you care for, speak with your doctor or healthcare provider and ask them to check if your blood levels of vitamin D are optimum.
Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency:
- Over age 50, since aging skin is less able to absorb vitamin D
- Vegetarian or vegan diet
- Lactose intolerance
- Digestive Problems
- Darker skin tone
- Living in a retirement home or care facility
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