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The Sunshine Vitamin: What you may not know about Vitamin D

Beauty and Health Advisory Board February 16, 2021 0 comments


Vitamin D is found in a small number of foods, including oily fish, red meat, and egg yolks. However, the sun is the body’s main source of vitamin D. The skin produces a natural form of vitamin D from a form of cholesterol, called 7-dehydrocholesterol. Sunlight is key: the UVB rays convert this cholesterol in the skin into a vitamin D3 precursor.


These initial forms of vitamin D3 then pass their way through the liver and the kidneys, where they are converted into a form of vitamin D that can be used by the body.3


Vitamin D, also known as calciferol or “the sunshine vitamin,” plays many important roles in the body. While it is found in a few foods, the sun is our main source of vitamin D.


Vitamin D plays many important roles in the body. One of its best-known roles is to keep bones healthy by increasing calcium absorption.  Calcium is less readily absorbed from the diet when vitamin D levels are suboptimal.

Vitamin D also helps to support a healthy immune system by regulating T and B immune cells


There are a number of different factors that can result in low vitamin D status or deficiency, with a lack of adequate sunlight being the main cause. As more of our time is spent indoors, people are becoming increasingly vitamin D deficient. People who spend most of their time inside, such as the elderly, or those who live in places with longer winters are at a greater risk of vitamin D deficiency. Because pigmentation can reduce vitamin D production in the skin from sunlight, those with darker skin are at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency.5


According to the CDC, 8% of the US population is at risk for vitamin D deficiency.6 If you think you may be vitamin D deficient, be sure to consult your healthcare provider to help determine the best plan of action.


Although individual vitamin D requirements may vary from person to person, the National Institute of Health has developed dietary reference intakes as a guideline.


People who don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun often benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement. While there are some foods that contain vitamin D, they often need to be eaten in great quantities in order to get enough.

Let’s check out some of our favorite vitamin D supplements:

SolgarⓇ Vitamin D3 Vegetable Capsules: The vitamin D3 in this product is the same form produced by our body when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is one of four fat-soluble vitamins, which is why this formula provides vitamin D3 in oil-based softgels to promote optimal absorption.

SolgarⓇ Liquid Vitamin D3: The perfect form of vitamin D3 for anyone who doesn’t like swallowing capsules. Available in a delicious orange flavor, simply add the required amount to any liquid for an added drop of sunshine.

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population 2012. Atlanta (GA): National Center for Environmental Health; April 2012.

7 The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children and adolescents receive 15 mcg [600 IU] of Vitamin D per day. These gummies provide 15 mcg [600 IU] per 4 gummies for children 4 and up and 7.5 mcg [300 IU] per 2 gummies for children 2 to 3.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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