Vitamin D: The “Sunshine” Vitamin
Vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol, is one of two forms of vitamin D. Both vitamin D2 and D3 need to be converted first by the liver and then by the kidneys into the main form of vitamin D, however, D3 appears to be more effective at raising levels of active vitamin D than D2, which is why it is more highly recommended by healthcare providers.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found in various foods and supplements which can also be made by the body when the skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Vitamin D is the only vitamin out of all 13 essential vitamins that the body can manufacture on its own. Many people, however, become deficient in vitamin D because they don’t get enough sunshine. This is why vitamin D is often known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the body’s main source of vitamin D is the sun.
Vitamin D deficiency is common
If you work inside or live in a cooler climate, however, you may not be getting all the vitamin D you need. Simply wearing sunscreen can prevent your body from getting all the vitamin D it needs. To make matters worse, as you age your skin’s ability to manufacture vitamin D from the sun diminishes.
“Vitamin D insufficiency affects almost 50% of the population worldwide. An estimated 1 billion people worldwide, across all ethnicities and age groups, have a vitamin D deficiency. This pandemic of hypovitaminosis D can mainly be attributed to lifestyle and environmental factors that reduce exposure to sunlight, which is required for ultraviolet-B (UVB)-induced vitamin D production in the skin.” (1)
One of the many roles of vitamin D is to promote calcium absorption, allowing for proper bone mineralization and growth. It also has other diverse roles throughout the body, including the reduction of inflammation, metabolizing glucose, and supporting immune function.
Vitamin D also plays a vital role in supporting neuromuscular function. The body’s neuromuscular system includes the brain’s signaling system, from muscles to nerves. This communication system is important for the body’s coordinated movement. It is important that as we age, we maintain a healthy neuromuscular system through good nutrition and exercise.
Most experts recommend 600 to 800 IUs of vitamin D per day.
Vitamin K2 promotes bone and heart health
Controlled studies in humans have shown that vitamin K2 supplements generally improve bone and heart health. Among its most important functions are regulating calcium deposition, heart health, and blood clotting. K2 promotes the calcification of bones as well as prevents the calcification of blood vessels and kidneys.
A higher dose of vitamin K2 is strongly associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Vitamin K2 also activates the calcium-binding actions of two proteins — osteocalcin and matrix GLA protein, both of which help to build and maintain bones. Vitamin K2 plays an essential role in bone metabolism and studies have shown that it can help prevent fractures and osteoporosis.
Vitamin K2 may be important for dental health
Based on some animal studies as well as the role vitamin K2 plays in bone metabolism, it’s suspected that K2 impacts dental health as well. One of the main regulating proteins in dental health is osteocalcin, which is the same protein critical for bone metabolism, activated by vitamin K2.
“Osteocalcin triggers a mechanism that stimulates the growth of new dentin, which is the calcified tissue underneath the enamel of your teeth.” (2)
Vitamin K2 may help fight cancer
There have been several studies on vitamin K2 and its effect on certain types of cancer. Two clinical studies, in particular, suggest that vitamin K2 reduces the recurrence of liver cancer and increases survival times.
In addition, an observational study in 11,000 men discovered that a high vitamin K2 intake was linked to a 63% lower risk of advanced prostate cancer. (3)
Liposomal D3 & K2 greatly enhance bioavailability
Our Liposomal D3 & K2 is created through an all-natural manufacturing process where liposomes engulf and protect the D3 & K2 as it is digested, making more of the active compounds bioavailable.
The Liposomal manufacturing process uses no heat, no high pressure, and natural non-hydrogenated sunflower phosphatidylcholine derived from non-GMO certified sunflower. It undergoes a multi-step, purification and filtration process using Ultrapure Water.
– Sub- 50-nanometer liposomes