Vitamin D – ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’ and Wheatgrass

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin best known for its role in maintaining proper levels of calcium in the blood, thus it helps to promote healthy development of bones and teeth.

The ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ is generally absorbed by the body in two ways – exposure to sunlight and dietary intake. Vitamin D helps our bodies use calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.

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It is essential as it can help our bodies absorb more calcium from the food and drink we consume to help develop strong teeth and bones. Bones are living tissues in your body, which means that they are constantly renewing themselves. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system.

If like me, you need to protect yourself from the sun slathering yourself in sunscreen and now seeing the sun as public enemy number one then you are also missing out on essential Vitamin D. But this is with good reason – malignant melanoma rates have risen over the past 30 years from an average of 103 cases per year in the mid 1980s to 332 cases a year at present. For me this is the reason why I include a reliable source of vitamin D in my daily diet.

In terms of where we get our Vitamin D – the way our eating habits have changed means we don’t eat a lot of fatty fish any more, nor eggs and butter and nutrient rich foods – so without the sunshine and nutrient rich foods we won’t be able to achieve it orally.  Wheatgrass is a nutrient rich food, packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including that all important Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is an ideal supplement for everyone during the autumn and winter months when many of us often don’t see the sun on a daily basis. So if you would like to prepare for the cold dark days of winter, now is a good time to order your supplements.

Broccoli is one powerful food source which may help us solve our vitamin D deficiency epidemic. However, one 30ml shot of Wheatgrass juice contains the same amount of minerals and vitamins as 1 1/2 lbs of broccoli, making it an even better way to ensure you receive more than enough Vitamin D. 

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Recent studies from Denmark have linked Vitamin D deficiency with depression and further research in this area is planned. Studies also suggest that Vitamin D may play a part in slowing the ageing process and the onset of age-related diseases. There is also growing evidence of vitamin D’s benefits beyond bone health. Studies have also demonstrated improved blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Low vitamin D levels have also been linked with some cancers such as breast, prostate, colon, and pancreatic cancer; research is ongoing.

Vitamin D deficiency causes bone disease – osteomalacia, which is associated with aches and pains in the bones and muscles, is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome. Vitamin D deficiency is common, especially among the housebound elderly.

Everyone should really consider a supplement if they’re not getting lots of sunshine and nutrient rich foods.

Public Health Advice for the UK recommends that everyone should consider taking vitamin D supplements in autumn and winter.  Simply add a shot of Wheatgrass Juice to your daily diet, or more if you are on any kind of recovery programme, and start to see the benefits during the Autumn and Winter months.

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