Without adequate sunshine, in winter our body produces very little vitamin D. This deficiency can result not only frequent infections, but also strong weight gain and depression. If you want to survive the cold months with a smile on your lips, you can make friends in each case with the vitamin D!
Why vitamin D is important in winter?
Our body is capable to produce vitamin D basically but for this sufficient solar radiation needs to reach our skin. From late autumn this is impossible in Hungary. So vitamin D deficiency can be occured easily which may be responsible for many diseases. Since the problem is more commonly known, we organized the first vitamin D-Day where Dr. István Takács, lecturer at the 1st Department of Internal Medicine of Semmelweis University enlightened us: “Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin, it has nothing to do with the vitamins, the designation is infelicitous. It is a hormone-like precursor which contributes to the production of the active hormone D in our body. ” Its intake for us is vital, however the National Institute of Food Science and Nutrition still only recommends taking 200 international units daily. According to professional societies, however 1500-2000 IU of vitamin D daily are needed for a healthy functioning of our body but people with overweight needs even more, 3-4000 units.
Vitamin D is also suitable for the preventention of cancer diseases
Not only depression, but also asthma, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and abnormal weight gain can be associated with a deficiency of this vitamin. Vitamin D helps calcium install in the bones, making them strong and less fragile – without vitamin D bone fractures can occur even in case of children, not to mention rickets. For people with high blood pressure, the replacement of the consumed vitamin D is particularly important otherwisewithout this they can have dangerous heart problems. Vitamin D deficiency can also be associated with breast cancer. Studies have shown that the deficiency has increased the risk of cancer in 94 percent. But even it has influences on the function of the immune system and the regulation of body weight, through with appropriate intake of vitamin D and calcium even the weight gain after menopause can stop.
Lamentable situation in Hungary
Inspite of all of the above mentioned, around 70 percent of people in Hungary suffer in vitamin D deficiency which means that their blood level doesn’t reach the normal range of 30-60 nmol / liter level. Additional vitamins for so many people costs a lot of money: if the entire population of Hungary took also just a little care for the increasing of their vitamin D levels that would cost 15 billion HUF per year – but we could save many times of this sum by the prevention of diseases.
How can you know what is your vitamin D levels?
To find out how much vitamin D you need, first you have to know your current state. But this is not so simple: the general practitioner can’t send you just for a check of vitamin D levels in a laboratory, so you first need to ask for 4-7000 HUF for a check in an adequate laboratory. Of course you can begin to consume vitamin D-rich foods without investigation: for example fish, sardines, in a smaller amount rich milk, mushrooms and eggs but the most suitable is salmon of which only a slice can already cover the entire daily requirement. If these dishes are not too sympathic to you, food supplements remain: most multivitamins include vitamin D but in small amounts so it is advisable especially if you have children to get vitamin D drops as a supplement. Overdose should be avoided as in case of any vitamins you have to observe the recommendations because vitamin D surplus is also dangerous as its deficiency.
How can be replaced naturally vitamin D?
First of all with mushroom, although this is amazing for many of you, button mushroom contains significant amount of vitamin D. Consuming the button mushroom fortified with vitamin D as a result of serious research of Bio-Fungi Kft you can even consume several times more of the daily requirement with our food! About the research project and the products you can find more information here.