5 reasons why you should take Vitamin D during winter

2016-03-25 新西兰好健康

Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because unlike other vitamins, our body makes 90% of our vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from natural sunlight. The other 10% we get from our food. There are many benefits our bodies get from vitamin D but our levels drop over the winter months as we can’t get enough sun.


Vitamin D is essential for building and maintaining strong healthy bones, however research shows that vitamin D also helps with immunity, brain function, blood sugar regulation, muscle pain, mood, various cancers and many other health conditions.


What’s alarming is that many of us are deficient in this important vitamin. It seems that even if we spend a lot of time outdoors, it doesn’t make us immune to deficiency. 

1.Vitamin D is a potent immunity booster
Vitamin D is an important part of the immune system and people who have low vitamin D levels have a higher chance of developing the flu.

2.It can protect your lung function
Breathe easy; the sunshine vitamin is good for your lungs too. A study on smokers found that those with good vitamin D levels had better lung function than those with a vitamin D deficiency. While smoking negatively impacted the lungs in general, the smokers that had low vitamin D levels saw a faster decline in their lung function.

3.It can help you not gain weight over winter
Vitamin D has been proven to lower insulin levels and improve serotonin levels (the feel-good hormone).
If you have lower insulin levels you’re more likely to utilise the fat in your body and less likely to store it on your body.  
Having adequate amounts of serotonin allows you to feel better naturally, which can limit that ‘winter blues’ emotional eating.

4.It can help curb your appetite
Healthy vitamin D levels are known to activate the production of a hormone called leptin, which helps us slim down by signalling to our brain that our stomach is full.
5. It improves muscle function and pain relief
If you have chronic or unexplained pain; or suffer from achiness or fatigue, you may want to get your vitamin D levels checked.
Research shows a link between vitamin D and muscle function — including recovery from exercise and daily activities. It also explains why lower levels can lead to physical fatigue. 

If you think you could be low in vitamin D, see your doctor for a simple blood test. 
Good Health Vitamin D3 is a delicious tropical flavoured tablet that quickly dissolves in your mouth.  It’s easy to take and is ideal for the whole family.