Vit D3

Decades ago, health care professionals thought vitamin D was only good for keeping healthy bones and teeth. Recent advances in science, however, have put this vitamin in the spotlight by revealing its multifaceted role in the proper functioning of the human body and its ability to lower the risk of many illnesses.

 

We are seeing more and more vitamin D deficiency these days due to our sedentary ‘indoors’ lifestyle and the ‘slip, slop, slap’ campaign to reduce sun damage to our skin.  The best way to discover if you have a vitamin D deficiency is to have a blood test that will measure the level of the vitamin in your blood.

 

Low vitamin D levels can predispose children to respiratory diseases, can cause muscle weakness, can contribute to psoriasis, can increase the risk of Type 1 Diabetes in children, can increase the severity of asthma attacks, can contribute to periodontal disease, and can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, schizophrenia and bone disease.  Low Vitamin D levels are also associated with decreased immunity, bowel disease and an increased risk of autoimmune disease.

 

It has also been found that increased vitamin D levels can reduce overall cancer growth and can even help to control the development and growth of breast cancer (specifically oestrogen-sensitive breast cancer). 

 

Vitamin D insufficiency is now recognised as a major health issue.