Often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D3 is not truly a vitamin. It is actually a hormone the body produces when skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D3 is essential to almost every function of the body, however most people are unable to produce the necessary amount of vitamin D3 required. Geographic location, sunscreen, protective clothing, and working inside offices have significantly lowered the amount of time we spend outside in direct sunlight, thus lowering the amount of vitamin D3 we are able to produce.
According to recent research, approximately 77% of Americans are vitamin D3 deficient. This staggering statistic is recognized as an epidemic in the United States and the deficiency is rapidly spreading across the globe.
Because vitamin D3 supports and regulates the body in so many critical ways, a deficiency in vitamin D3 is one of the most dangerous to have.
- Helps the body absorb calcium for normal bone formation and prevention of osteoporosis*
- Supports metabolism functions*
- Activates the immune system to function more aggressively against viral infections*
- Supports maintaining a healthy body weight*
- Reduces risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women*
- May play a key role in helping brain functions later in life*