Vitamin D - everything you need to know

Vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin, and is important for maintaining a normal immune system and strengthening the skeleton and bones. The vitamin also helps to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus. These are minerals that are essential for bones and teeth. Daily intake is important, especially here in Norway where we are exposed to little sunlight for much of the year.

What does vitamin D do in the body?

Studies show that many people have low levels of vitamin D. This may be because there are few natural sources of the vitamin in food, so we are dependent on sunlight to maintain normal levels. Low levels can affect bone tissue, muscles and the immune system. The vitamin contributes to, among other things:

  • Normal function of the immune system
  • Normal absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus
  • Normal blood calcium levels
  • Maintenance of normal bones
  • Maintenance of normal muscle function
  • Maintenance of normal teeth
  • Cell division processes

Deficiency can make you feel lethargic, tired and exhausted. You may have noticed that you have more energy, are more alert and happier in the summer? In summer, the sun is a very important source, and it doesn't take much sunlight to replenish your stores. Just 15-20 minutes a day of sun on your face and arms is sufficient. In winter, when the sun is low, we don't get enough sunlight here in Norway. An extra supplement may then often be necessary.

Sources of vitamin D

There are few foods that contain the important vitamin, but the main sources are oily fish, roe and fish liver. Other sources include margarine and extra light milk with added vitamin D. If you are a vegetarian, you can get a small amount through foods with added vitamin D, such as oat milk and soy milk. The Norwegian Directorate of Health says that this is most likely not enough and that a dietary supplement can be taken to help maintain normal levels.

SHIFT™ Natural D3

SHIFT™ Natural D3 is derived from a type of wild and sustainable lichen, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Some special types of lichen contain high levels of nutrients, including cholecalciferol, also known as vitamin D. It is this type of lichen with a high vitamin D content that is found in SHIFT™ Natural D3.



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