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Vitamin D - The sunshine vitamin

Vitamin D - The sunshine vitamin

Vitamin D is one many fat-soluble vitamins that the body requires to function correctly. We make this essential vitamin from the skin's unprotected exposure to sunlight, but it can also be found in certain foods such as eggs, cereal and fatty fish.

Despite being vital for healthy bones and a robust immune system, our more sedentary lifestyles have meant that exposure to the sun has dropped dramatically and our processed and specialist diets has meant that supplementation is needed to maintain a healthy level of vitamin D.

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What does vitamin D do?

Vitamin D is responsible for a number of functions within the body. It helps regulate calcium, ensuring it enters the bone to maintain healthy bones and teeth. It supports a healthy immune system, protecting the body from illnesses such as the common cold and plays a fundamental role in ensuring normal muscle function.

It comes in two major forms, D2 and D3. While both forms can be processed by the body, vitamin D3 occurs naturally within humans and is generally considered the preferred form of supplementation.

Sources of vitamin D

Sources of vitamin D

It is naturally found in a number of animal products as well as some fortified foods. Including:

  • Oily fish (Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon)
  • Eggs
  • Diary products (Milk, Cheese)
  • Beef liver
  • Fortified foods (cereals, breads, juices)

Did you know... To achieve the minimum recommended daily amount of 400 IU you would need to eat: 8 eggs, 3kg of cheddar cheese or 2 cans of tuna - everyday!

Vitamin D deficiency: A widespread issue

Vitamin D deficiency remains a worldwide issue with around 1 billion people across the globe experiencing inadequate levels. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) estimate that vitamin D deficiency in the UK affects one in five adults and one in six children – that’s 10 million of us!

Signs of vitamin D deficiency can manifest in common health conditions such as frequent coughs and colds, tiredness and fatigue, low mood, achy muscles and poor bone and tooth health. So, it’s easy to see why we all need it.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms regularly, it could be a sign that you’re lacking in vitamin D!

Factors affecting vitamin D absorption

  • Sun exposure
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Sun creams over 15 SPF
  • Diet
  • Weight
  • Age
  • Location
  • Season

Groups at higher risk of deficiency

Although everyone should consider a vitamin D supplement during the winter months, The Department of Health recommends that the following ‘at risk groups’ take a vitamin D supplement all year round.

pregnant and breastfeeding women

All pregnant and breastfeeding women

children under the age of 5

Infants and young children under 5 years of age

elderly people

Older people aged 65 years and over

office worker low exposure to sunlight

People who have low or no exposure to the sun

black woman

People who have darker skin

Symptoms of deficiency

Signs of vitamin D deficiency can manifest in common health conditions such as frequent coughs and colds, low mood and tiredness and fatigue.

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Latest health advice

Public Health England recommendeds that everyone living in the UK should take a vitamin D supplement from October to April.

Scientifically proven absorption

The BetterYou range of DLux Vitamin D Oral Sprays have been specially formulated to deliver vitamin D directly into the mouth. The mouth is an excellent receptor for nutritional supplementation because of its soft, absorbent tissue and the proximity of a rich vein system below.

With a variety of dosage strengths suitable for the whole family, the award-winning range of DLux Vitamin D Oral Sprays are a pioneering and convenient solution to traditional vitamin D supplementation.

Vitamin D Oral Sprays

The UK's original vitamin D oral spray range

Effective and convenient vitamin D delivery
Strengths available for the entire family
Absorption tested by Cardiff University, since 2007
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How do vitamin D oral sprays work?

Each DLux Vitamin D Oral Spray is formulated to provide optimum nutritional delivery of this essential vitamin, helping to elevate your vitamin D levels.

Spray delivers tiny droplets

Each DLux Vitamin D Oral Spray delivers tiny droplets into the soft tissue of the mouth.

Droplets are absorbed

These droplets are then absorbed, entering the rich vein system below.

Formulation enters the bloodstream

This allows vitamin D to quickly enter the bloodstream for optimal absorption.

Vitamin D Testing Service

Discover your vitamin D level

BetterYou has been working in collaboration with Sandwell and West Birmingham City Hospital NHS Trust since 2013 to offer you a complete vitamin D testing service which is available from the comfort of your own home.

A simple bloodspot test, you'll receive an accurate picture of your vitamin D3 levels and our team will send you a personalised supplementation plan, as well as a complimentary Vitamin D Oral Spray based on your results.

Supplementation advice

Recommendations have varied dramatically over the years. As we have discovered more and more health issues associated with vitamin D deficiency public health authorities have increased supplementation recommendations to a wider section of the population to the point we find ourselves at now which is that everyone is now advised to supplement.

By taking a vitamin D test, you’re able to establish your current vitamin D status and supplement accordingly, however even if you don’t know your levels, you can download our supplementation guide which provides recommended dosages to get your vitamin D to an optimal level.

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