Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced in your skin when you’re exposed to direct sunlight. You can also get it through certain foods such as salmon, tuna, egg yolks, orange juice or tofu. It is particularly hard for your body to sustain the necessary levels of Vitamin D it needs, especially through the winter months when you may not be exposed to much sunlight. Think early starts, late nights at work and just like that all your sunlight hours have disappeared. We hear you thinking ‘why is this important? Surely there are more important vitamins to be worrying about’. Well read on and learn about the benefits of vitamin D and we guarantee you’ll change your tune in no time.


Tackles Diseases

Vitamin D helps your body fight off diseases, with research showing it can reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, or even reduce the likelihood of developing the flu! Sounds pretty good to us.


Fights a bad mood
A healthy level of vitamin D has been proved to play an important role in regulating moods, and has even been linked to assisting people struggling with depression.


Reduces progression of cancer
Scientists have found that vitamin D has the ability to slow the growth and development of blood vessels among cancerous tissues, as vitamin D is an important regulator of cell growth within the body.


Weight loss wonder
Scientists believe that adding a combination of calcium and vitamin D to a weight loss regime acts as an added appetite suppressant, allowing people to lose more weight!


Hey Healthy Bones
Put simply, vitamin D is incredibly important in regulating calcium and phosphorus levels in our bodies. We all know that calcium assists heavily in maintaining healthy bones and can help reduce the risk of developing bone diseases, such as osteoporosis, later in life.
While the advantages are endless, these 5 benefits highlight just how important healthy levels of vitamin D are for all of us. With summer just around the corner, it’s important to find a balanced level of weekly sunlight and stick to it. Scientists suggest that 5-10 minutes of sensible sun exposure on bare skin, 2-3 times a week is sufficient enough for most people to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D. If you are unsure or want to find out more, head in store to Padbury Pharmacy and our friendly pharmacists will be more than happy to answer your questions!