Vitamin D



Do you live in Denmark and are you tired of feeling sad and tired all the time? It is probably because you lack vitamin D.



Vitamin D, also known as the 'sunshine vitamin,' is an important antioxidant that helps maintain strong bones, prevent diseases, and improve your mental well-being. Unfortunately, many people suffer from vitamin D deficiency in Denmark, especially in the darker months when the sun doesn't shine as much.

But by taking a daily supplement of vitamin D, you can improve your mood, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen your immune system, and reduce the risk of a range of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.

How much Vitamin D should you eat in a day?

The recommended daily amount of vitamin D is:

Men: 10 μg in the winter season.
Women: 10 μg in the winter season.
Elderly: around 20 μg in the winter season.

It is important to note that these recommendations may vary depending on your geographical location, as exposure to sunlight is one of the main sources of vitamin D. If you are unsure about how much vitamin D you need or how to obtain it through your diet and sunlight exposure, you should talk to your doctor or a nutrition expert.

Vulnerable groups of Vitamin D deficiency

If you live in Denmark, you are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Elderly people: As we age, the body's ability to produce and absorb vitamin D decreases, making older adults more likely to have low levels.

People with darker skin tone: Melanin, which gives skin its color, can reduce the amount of vitamin D produced in the skin when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, people with darker skin color are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Overweight individuals: Excess fat can affect the body's ability to absorb and utilize vitamin D correctly.

Signs of Vitamin D deficiency

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency may include:

Fatigue and lack of energy
Frequent infections or colds
Bone pain and muscle weakness
Weakened immune system
Depression and anxiety
Decreased cognitive function
Hair loss
Severe back or muscle pain
Increased risk of osteoporosis.

To-dont's in the sun: forgetting SPF

The body can actually produce vitamin D itself when the skin is exposed to sunlight. When sunlight hits the skin, a type of cholesterol in the skin reacts to form vitamin D3, which is then transported to the liver and kidneys where it is converted into the active form of vitamin D that the body can use.