A large proportion of our community don’t receive enough exposure to sunshine to sustain recommended levels of Vitamin D in the body, especially during the winter months. Oral supplementation with higher-dose capsules is common place now, and there is a huge body of evidence showing the many health benefits of this vitamin.
Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that assists with calcium homeostasis and absorption in the gut, assists with the conversion of T4 to T3, helps the pancreas release insulin and is even necessary for blood clotting.
The 25-hydroxy D is the form that is tested by pathology labs – with a normal range of 50 to 140 nmol/L. Aiming for levels in the top one-third of this normal range is ideal.
A prescription is required for this medication for doses over 1,000IU.
Contact your chemist for more information.