What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is both a nutrient we eat and a hormone our bodies make. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that has long been known to help the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus; both are essential for strong bones. Many of the body’s organs and tissues have receptors for vitamin D, which suggest important roles beyond bone health, and scientists are actively investigating other possible functions.
Vitamin D deficiency
Some people will not get enough vitamin D from sunlight because they have very little or no sunshine exposure. According to national surveys in the UK, across the population, approximately 1 in 5 people have low vitamin D levels.
Low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk of poor musculoskeletal health such as rickets, osteomalacia, falls and poor muscle strength.
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms
Many people have no symptoms, or may complain of only vague ones such as tiredness or general aches. Because symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are often very nonspecific or vague, the problem is often missed. The diagnosis is more easily reached in severe deficiencies with some of the classical (typical) symptoms and bone deformities.
What causes Vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D deficiency can be caused by specific medical conditions, such as: Cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease: These diseases do not allow the intestines to absorb enough vitamin D through supplements.
Weight loss surgeries: Weight loss surgeries that reduce the size of the stomach and/or bypass part of the small intestines make it very difficult to consume sufficient quantities of certain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. These individuals need to be carefully monitored by their doctors and need to continue to take vitamin D and other supplements throughout their lives.
Obesity: A body mass index greater than 30 is associated with lower vitamin D levels. Fat cells keep vitamin D isolated so that it is not released. Vitamin D deficiency is more likely in obese people. Obesity often makes it necessary to take larger doses of vitamin D supplements in order to reach and maintain normal D levels.
Kidney and liver diseases: These diseases reduce the amount of an enzyme needed to change vitamin D to a form that is used in the body. Lack of this enzyme leads to an inadequate level of active vitamin D in the body.
What other factors can lead to vitamin D deficiency?
- Age: The skin’s ability to make vitamin D lessens with age.
- Mobility: People who are homebound or are rarely outside (for example, people in nursing homes and other facilities) are not able to use sun exposure as a source of vitamin D.
- Skin color: Dark-colored skin is less able to make vitamin D than fair-colored skin.
- Human breast milk: A woman’s breast milk only contains a small amount of vitamin D. Often infant formulas also only include a small amount of D also. Therefore infants are at risk of not receiving enough vitamin D. This is especially true for infants who are only fed breast milk.
Vitamin D & CBD – The Fusion
If you add the benefits of taking vitamin D to the benefits of taking high-quality CBD oil, you could really reap the rewards, however, it is important to be realistic and not get caught up in health hype about the latest trends or potential cures for existing viral threats (hint hint).
As we are always learning, and each week seems like a new Cannabis research discovery shows promise in any one area, it is easy to get ahead of ourselves. We know that CBD and the host of phytochemical Cannabinoids found in Flora Fusion products have a stimulating and beneficial effect on our Endocannabinoid Systems (ECS). We also know that our ECS is important in the management of Vitamin and Mineral uptake and subsequent chemical messaging actions our body undergoes every minute of every day.
This is the same for Vitamin D and its normal lifecycle in the body. Since we get Vitamin D3 from the synthesis of precursor Vitamin Ds like D2, which we don’t make naturally, we rely on food and supplements to get it, and then plenty of sunlight to convert it to D3.
So now we have a problem … Enter stage right, the Scottish weather pattern!
If you, like us, understand that this beautiful country hosts some of the harshest temperatures and darkest times of the year, then it is easy to realise we are certainly behind the eight ball when it comes to a very important part of maintaining healthy Vitamin D levels. The Sun.
So through the fusion of both high-quality CBD and naturally occurring Vitamin D3 in our brand new capsules then we can all ‘educate’ ourselves and our friends and families on the importance of Vitamin D in our overall health and wellbeing goals and potentially stave off future illness or afflictions that correlate with the lack of Vitamin D in our system!
If you would like anymore information on CBD or any of our products, our dedicated team are always more than happy to help!