Known as the 'sunshine vitamin' Vitamin D stands out from other vitamins because it’s considered a hormone and is produced by your skin as a result of sunlight exposure.
What are the benefits of Vitamin D?
Helps Maintain Healthy Bones and Teeth!
Vitamin D is famous for its bone-building and strengthening powers. It helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy!
Helps Immune Support
Vitamin D has been proven to help build immunity. It can support the immune system by fighting off harmful bacteria and viruses.
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
Youthful Looking Skin
Healthy levels of vitamin D have been proven to prevent signs of skin aging. Whats more, calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D can actually help with skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism!
Where do we get Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is known as the 'sunshine vitamin' for no reason! Exposure to the sun triggers production of Vitamin D! “We each have vitamin D receptor cells that, through a chain of reactions starting with conversion of cholesterol in the skin, produce vitamin D3 when they're exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) from the sun,” explains dermatologist David J. Leffel.
BUT its important to always wear SPF, even on cloudy days! Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present, regardless of how cold or hot the weather. Even on overcast days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds!
One of the safest ways to give your skin its fix of vitamin D is through topical products! Natural skincare ingredients such as Shea Butter are packed full of the sunshine vitamin!