Vitamin D is known as “the sunshine vitamin” because the body can make vitamin D in the skin when exposed to sunlight. But vitamin D is more than a vitamin. It serves as a hormone precursor to calcitriol, a powerful steroid hormone.
Calcitriol regulates over 1000 genes in your body! It’s also a critical player in bone strength, as it supports the regeneration of osteoblasts – bone cells.
Ensuring optimal vitamin D levels is critical for keeping inflammation at bay, balancing hormones, reducing cancer risk, lowering your chances of developing autoimmune conditions, and more. Don’t guess—Test! You can find out your vitamin D status with a 25(OH)D (“Twenty-five Hydroxy D”) test.
The preferred supplemental form of Vitamin D is D3 as opposed to D2. Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) has much better bioavailability than Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol). That means it’s better recognized by the body and more efficiently absorbed.
For vitamin D3 to work optimally in the body, we also need vitamin K2. These two vitamins work synergistically, with each nutrient aiding the other in its functions. Supplementing both nutrients is more effective than taking either one on its own. Together, they impact nearly every system and function in the body.
Some of the researched benefits of vitamin D include the following:
- Supports strong, healthy bones
- Supports a healthy immune response
- Lowers overall inflammation
- Promotes an uplifted mood
- Promotes a healthy gut microbiome
- Supports the development of healthy, flexible arteries for cardiovascular health
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Remember, the Swiss watch of the body’s systems is a delicate balance! For more information, to test your systemic functions, and to discover possible triggers, contact a Wellness Way clinic. We can help you understand how your body is functioning and the best ways to support it!