Vitamin D deficiency can lead to severe health complications if left untreated, including bone deformities. But how much do you need? One healthcare provider shared the details.
A spokesperson for Bioniq – a biotechnological company that offers personalised health care – offers his viewpoint on vitamin D.
Co-founder and Medical Director at Bioniq, Konstantin Karuzin, began: “It acts as a neurosteroid and enhances a person’s cognitive abilities.
“It also improves the nervous system (mood, memory, attention, and working capacity and has a positive effect on pain sensitivity).”
Beneficial for the immune system, Karuzin stated that regularly taking vitamin D can reduce how long someone is ill for.
“For example, instead of 15 days of illness, you may be [ill] for three,” he said.
This is great to know, considering Britain is in a pandemic and the virus is still lingering around town.
Karuzin continued: “In addition to helping to boost immunity, the vitamin is directly related to muscle strength by helping to maintain muscle strength and neuromuscular conduction.”
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Vitamin D can boost your immune system and improve muscle strength.
“It’s important to ensure you take the correct dosage which can be evaluated by having a blood test,” added Karuzin.
How much vitamin D do you need?
“In light of the current global situation, we recommend taking 5000 IU per day,” recommended Karuzin.
Karuzin added that vitamin D synthesis requires a bit of sunshine and exercise.
“To produce this microelement,” he began, “a person shouldn’t only be in direct sunlight from 11am until 2pm (without any UV protection on the skin).
“But also needs to be physically active for several hours.”
Karuzin continued: “When this vitamin is being developed in the skin under ultraviolet radiation, it needs to enter the bloodstream. This is only possible when exercising.”
Do take note this isn’t a recommendation to sit in the scorching sun between 11am and 2pm without sunscreen the whole time.
He went on to say that the blood test could check for key nutrients, such as vitamin D, zinc and selenium.
“From these results, bioniq engineers a personalised supplement to help optimise your health,” he explained.
“And the personalised supplement keeps on giving, as “bioniq LIFE tracks your progress and amends the formula”.
This is so that you are “receiving exactly what [your body] requires”.