Vitamin D3 is the recommended and accepted form of vitamin D for the human body. The vitamin D is naturally formed inside the body when exposed to sunlight for a while in the morning and evening. But that may not be enough for many to have the right amount of it produced. They will need supplementation and the same vitamin is supplemented in the form of vitamin D3, cholaecalciferol. This vitamin is needed for the body to perform primary functions like calcium and phosphorous absorption and to maintain the calcium levels in the body. Apart from this function it also assists in many other activities as well.
The role of vitamin D3 in the body activities is vast. It plays important roles in the cardiovascular health, boosting the immune system, ensures proper bone health by absorbing the required calcium, and promotes colon health by boosting the cellular activates in this region. The vitamin D3 is also taking part in the strengthening of the immune cell activity as there are many vitamin D3 receptors in the immune system. It is also essential for the maintenance of the normal metabolic rate.
Vitamin D3 available forms
The Vitamin D3 from Pure encapsulations is of three types. They differ in their form and in the amount of the vitamin in each type. The three forms are Vitamin D3 1000 IU and Vitamin D3 5000 IU in capsule form and Vitamin D3 liquid form. Other than the amount of vitamin D3 there is no difference between the vitamin 1000 IU and 5000 IU.
Vitamin D3 1000 & 5000 IU capsules
Vitamin D3 is found to be effective in reducing or preventing type II diabetes. Vitamin D3 prevents the calcification and reduces the blood pressure. By supplementing the proper amount of Vitamin D3 through the vitamin D3 1000 iu or Vitamin D3 5000 iu or the vitamin D3 liquid, these diseases are also prevented. The side effects of Vitamin D3 supplements are rare, at least are not widely seen.
Why do we need Vitamin D3 supplementation?
Our body is capable of producing vitamin D3 on its own, with the help of sunlight and through the daily diet. But due to some reasons, the level of this vitamin can come down drastically causing a deficiency, which leads to many diseases and disorders in the health. The main reasons for the vitamin D deficiency are constant exposure to sunlight especially in the peak hours of 12-2 pm. Pollution, spending more hours indoors and less exposure to sunlight are other reasons for vitamin D deficiency. Living in buildings that block the entry of natural sunlight rays inside can also cause this problem.
People who live in such conditions may slowly lose the vitamin D from their body or produce less and less of it. These people need the vitamin D3 supplements either in the capsule of liquid forms. The needed amount of vitamin D3 in daily life is 600-800 iu. The required amount may increase as we age and the elderly people and those who are above the age of 50 may need higher dose, especially if they have any of those above mentioned factors in their lives.
Even though we can avail vitamin D from various food items, one may have to take larger quantities of that food to have enough dose of that vitamin per day. Moreover, one need to take such foods on daily basis for a longer time to have the vitamin levels naturally. The vitamin D3 1000 iu, vitamin 5000 iu and vitamin D3 liquid form all have higher dose than the food and can make the vitamin D level optimal within a short time. Take one of the Vitamin D3 100 iu, vitamin d3 500 iu or the Vitamin d3 liquid for a faster recovery from the vitamin D deficiency to strengthen the normal health and fight quite a few diseases also.
Ingredients and dosage of vitamin D3 1000 and 5000 iu capsules and liquid
Vitamin D3 1000 IU- One capsule contains:
- Cholaecalciferol 1000 iu,
- Hypo allergenic plant fiber.
The recommended dosage is one to 5 capsules every day or as directed by the physician.
Vitamin D3 5000 IU- vitamin D3 5000 iu and hypo allergenic plant fiber in each capsule. The dosage for this form is one capsule every day along with a preferred meal. In order to take higher dose one must definitely consult the doctor.
Vitamin D3 liquid contains vitamin D3 1000 iu in each drop. It also contains a few medium chain triglycerides. This is higher dose than a capsule. This form is recommended for those who need more than 2000 iu per day. They also need to have their blood levels monitored regularly. The recommended dose is one or more drops per day, preferably with the meals. Since each drop has higher dose of the vitamin D, 1000 iu per drop, one need not take more amount. For those who are in dire need of higher dose will find it easier to drop in the liquid than take any number of capsules.
The recent research reveals that a higher dose of Vitamin D above 2000 iu is quite healthy and is recommended. Previously the recommended limit has much lower and yet people seem to have suffering from this vitamin deficiency. The dosage may increase or decrease according to the individual needs.
What are the benefits of using vitamin D3 supplements?
- Bone health: Vitamin D3 helps absorb the dietary calcium effectively and improve the bone health as well as the teeth health. It prevents the osteoporosis. In many cases osteoporosis also leads to other diseases and Vitamin D3 also helps prevent those diseases.
- Protection against diseases: The osteoporosis related diseases are neuromuscular movements, calcification of the arteries leading to cardiac arrest or strokes etc. Vitamin D3 prevents the calcification and reduces the blood pressure. By supplementing the proper amount of Vitamin D3 through the vitamin D3 1000 iu or Vitamin D3 5000 iu or the vitamin D3 liquid, these diseases are also prevented. Recent studies show that vitamin D3 is effective in preventing common diseases like cold and flu.
- Immune strengthening: Vitamin D3 can also influence the immune system to work proper and better and avoid many auto immune diseases. It can help with preventing and curing skin inflammations, promote hair growth in many, be a cure for depression and anxiety, as a preventive against type 2 diabetes in those who are prone to, can keep many malignant diseases like cancer, at bay to have a longer healthier life.
How vitamin D3 works to improve daily life?
Vitmain D3 is known as the sunshine vitamins as it is formed in response to the sunlight. This vitamin is needed for the proper calcium absorption. The body absorbs about 10-15% of the dietary calcium on daily basis. This number can increase up to 30% if the vitamin D3 level is normal inside the body. There are vitamin D3 receptors in many parts of the body and they can receive the vitamin when it reaches them. All these locations do need the assistance of this vitamin to perform their duties.
Proper calcium and phosphorous absorption are essential for bone and teeth health. When there is less calcium in the bones, it become fragile. They become susceptible to fracture and osteoporosis- calcium erosion from bones making it weak and brittle. Osteoporosis is the main concern these days that highlights the vitamin D3 deficiency.
All three forms of vitamin D3, Vitamin D3 1000 iu, Vitamin D3 5000 iu and Vitmain D3 liquid form are all useful in maintaining required normal level of this vitamin inside the body. When it is normal and is received by all the receptors, in the intestine, heart, blood vessels, endocrine glands, muscles, prostate etc. The Vitamin D3 supplements help us to have a better and healthier body that has stronger immunity, bone health, and cardiovascular health, along with protection to many malignant diseases like cancer.
Are there any side effects in using Vitamin D3 supplements?
The side effects of Vitamin D3 supplements are rare, at least are not widely seen. The early signs of vitamin d3 side effects are anorexia, nausea, metallic taste in the mouth, stomach cramps, constipation, headache etc. These are also indicators of other problems so one cannot be sure of the rise due to vitamin D3 or not. But as long as there are any kind of discomfort, immediately consult the doctor to see what can be done.
In some cases there could be serious conditions like allergic reactions on skin, swelling on the facial areas, severe dizziness, difficulty in breathing, heart rhythm changes etc. These serious side effects are seen more frequently in many. There also are some rare side effects that are seen only in some people. They are headache, dry mouth, fatigue, lack of energy and vomiting.
As much as there are benefits in using vitamin D3 1000 iu, vitamin d3 5000 iu and vitamin D3 liquid, all of these in higher dose will sure bring negative effects of some kind. Vitamin D3 is something that is good when it is in an optimal level. Since all these types of vitamin D3 from Pure encapsulations are in the higher dosage category, the chances of over dosage are high. So stick to the recommended dose and never increase the dose without consulting with the doctor. Even starting with the supplement need doctor’s consultation to know where you stand with regard to the vitamin D level in the blood.
No form of the Vitamin D3 is fit to be used by pregnant women or lactating mothers. The pregnant ladies need lesser dosage during the gestation. These Vitamin D3 1000 iu, vitamin 5000 iu and the liquid form are higher dose for them. These supplements are meant for those who have a deficiency of this vitamin.
Is it true that Vitamin D3 can cure acne?
Yes, there are many research evidences to show that Vitamin D3 1000 iu can cure acne. Vitamin D that is produced inside, when we are exposed to sunlight is in the form of a hormone. The lack of the same will cause hormonal imbalance inside the body. This hormonal imbalance affects the skin oil production that leads to acne formation. By supplementing with vitamin D3, one can reverse the process and prevent/cure acne. The vitamin D3 also triggers the healing genes in blood to speed up the acne healing. It is also effective in minimizing the blemishes.
Vitamin D3 can also produce certain compounds that can counter the inflammation in the acne. It is also efficient in stimulating the T cells of the immune system that can fight the infections. Taking 2000 iu of vitamin D3 per day can be effective in clearing the skin and reducing acne. So take 2 capsules of vitamin D3 1000 iu per day to see major difference in the skin health.
In another way, the vitamin D3 reduces the hyperactivity of the cells and prevents the pore clogging with dead skin cells. This, along with lesser active sebaceous glands will reduce the acne breakouts. Vitamin D3 also possesses some antioxidant properties to promote smooth and softer skin without wrinkles.
The another important work of vitamin D3 is to reduce the stress hormones and helps balance the hormone levels by promoting the good hormone serotonin. Stress is a major reason for acne breakouts and by reducing stress one can get rid of acne soon enough.
How does vitamin D3 help improve immunity?
Vitamin D3 is found to have improving the natural immunity and preventing the autoimmune diseases. Autoimmunity is the condition where the immune system attacks the body cells. Vitamin D3 can block the autoimmunity. It prevents the specific T cells production in the immune system so that they do not attack their own cells. The autoimmunity is also due to the production of certain chemicals that can destroy the body cells. Vitamin D3 can prevent the production of such chemicals and reduce the autoimmunity.
By these activities vitamin D3 can prevent many diseases that include cancer, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, etc. By supplementing the body with vitamin D3 the common diseases like cold, flu etc are also reduced. The vitamin D production is reduced during the winter months causing the common cold and flu. Taking vitamin D3 during this time will give relief from these seasonal diseases.
Is vitamin D3 liquid form better than the capsule forms for better absorption?
Yes, body can better absorb the liquid vitamin D than that comes as pills or capsules. Over 97% of the vitamins are absorbed form the liquid form. But here, the Vitamin D3 liquid form has higher concentration of the vitamin in each drop. Though it is very convenient form than the capsules for administration, one must also take into consideration about the requirement of the body. Taking too much of vitamin D3 results in adverse effects. In the case of the vitamin D3 1000 iu, vitamin D3 5000 iu and vitamin D3 liquid forms, the liquid form can be a convenient form against the capsules, as long as one takes only the same number of drops as the number of capsules per day.
What are the natural sources of vitamin D3?
The foods that contain a fair amount of vitamin D are fishes like salmon, sardines, shrimp, egg yolk, and fortified forms of milk, cereal, yogurt, orange juice etc. Apart from these food items, one must also expose themselves to the sunlight, especially I the evening between 3-5 pm for at least 10 minutes daily.
What is the right age to start vitamin D3 supplementation?
There is no specific age limit to start vitamin D3 supplementation. But the vitamin D3 forms available from Pure Encapsulations are a bit higher dose and may not be fit for children and infants. It is used more as a deficiency cure in elderly people or who have chronic deficiency at a younger age. It is more the need than the age that decides when to start the Vitamin d3 supplementation. One may take a few capsules of Vitamin D3 1000 iu, or take one capsule per day of Vitamin 5000 iu or take the equal amounts of Vitamin D3 liquid, as per convenience. But any form of the vitamin D will require a doctor’s advice before starting with the supplements.
Elderly people, people suffering from joint issues and osteoporosis, those who take medications for seizures, liver failure, kidney diseases, tuberculosis, autoimmune diseases etc can all take vitamin D3 supplements. But they must consult with their concerned doctors. They should never stop or start any medications along with the Vitamin D3 without seeking medical advice.
What are the drug interactions of vitamin D3 1000 and D3 5000 iu or vitamin D3 liquid?
Vitamin D3 in any amount can interfere with the aluminum absorption into the body so is not fit to take along with antacids. It is better to leave at least 2 hours between the vitamin D3 and antacids. Taking vitamin D3 along with the drugs that improve the calcium intake will cause increase in calcium levels- hypercalcemia.
Vitamin D3 can also affect the blood pressure to go down when used along with high blood pressure drugs. The anticoagulants can increase the risk of heart valve calcification if there are too much vitamin D3 present. This is why taking such medications along with vitamin D3 needs extreme caution.
How to store the bottles of vitamin D3 1000 iu, vitamin D3 5000 iu and vitamin liquid?
The bottles of vitamin D3 1000 iu capsules, Vitamin D3 5000 iu capsules, and Vitamin D3 liquid needs to be stored in room temperature. It should be away from direct sunlight, and heat. Make sure that the supplement is still valid and has not expired. The expired product might be rancid. It may not taste different but will be less effective.
How does vitamin D3 help with depression?
There are no scientific proof, yet, on the activity if vitamin D3 in reducing depression. But there is clear evidence to prove that there is low vitamin D level in the blood of people suffering from depression. It is also suspected that low vitamin D may lead to depression.
Research hints that among the brain receptors, some are for the vitamin D which shows that this vitamin has permission to enter the brain. Here it is believed to be increasing the production of serotonin, the happy hormone, and thereby reducing the symptom of depression. But the exact work mechanism of vitamin D3 in the brain functioning is yet not known.
It is also suggested to take vitamin D3 between 1000-5000 iu on daily basis so all the three types of Vitamin D3- vitamin D3 1000 iu, vitamin D3 5000 iu and vitamin D3 liquid form can all work well in this regard.
Is vitamin D3 beneficial or harmful for hair?
Recent research hints that vitamin D can promote hair growth by awakening the dormant hair follicles. Studies have revealed the connection between hair loss and vitamin D3 that people suffering from heavy hair loss has low vitamin D in their blood. In some people the balding is due to the follicles that have turned into dormant stage and refuse to grow any more hair. In such cases vitamin D3 can helps these follicles into active stage once again. This growth promoting activity may also help with thinning of hair. Vitamin D3 does not cause new hair growth but can sure influence the hair follicles to act better for healthier hair growth.
What are the effects of vitamin D3 on diabetes?
Vitamin D3 is found to be effective in reducing or preventing type II diabetes. The blood analysis of diabetic patients reveals that they have lesser vitamin D than other normal healthy people. One of the reason for type 2 diabetes is a fault in the pancreatic beta cells and these cells can be activated and made to work properly by the vitamin D3. Insulin resistance is another reason for type ii diabetes and vitamin D3 can cure this resistance shown by the cells.
The blood calcium level can control the insulin production and with enough calcium, the insulin production can also be controlled to make insulin available in enough amounts. The vitamin D3 can also reduce the blood pressure, excess cholesterol in the blood, level of bad cholesterol etc. This effect is highly beneficial for diabetic patients as they are at greater risk of developing these conditions.
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