Commonly known but often overlooked, Vitamin D is an unsung hero that most women are deficient in, especially if they work in an office.
In the human body, Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone produced in the kidneys and can be found only in a handful of foods. It is fat-soluble and gets stored in the body’s fat cells remaining inactive until the time is right.
So why is it important to get enough vitamin D? We thought you’d never ask.
Vitamin D supports calcium absorption from the intestines for healthy bones. The liver and kidneys activate your vitamin D reserves converting into calcitriol. While low bone density is more common in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women, it’s important to maintain optimal levels of vitamin D to assist in future bone health.
There are receptors and activating enzymes on the surfaces of all White Blood Cells that are activated by the presence of vitamin D and in turn trigger the immune system to function smoothly, preventing infection. Low levels have been linked to vitamin D deficiencies-- in 2009 the National Institute of Health warned that respiratory illnesses like colds or influenza are common in people with low vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is required to produce microbial proteins that kill viruses and bacteria. A deficiency in vitamin D can render the body susceptible to respiratory system issues, in particular. In a study conducted in 2012, respiratory tract infections were found significantly lower in groups supplementing their diet with vitamin D vs their placebo counterpart.
Researchers have found that vitamin D helps regulate the overproduction of the 34 major stress hormones— adrenaline, noradrenaline, norepinephrine, and dopamine— while protecting against serotonin.
“Supplements don’t do anything unless you take a lot of them.”
It's so important to support your nutritional intake, but the form in which you're consuming your vitamins is really what you should be paying attention to.
Our bodies assimilate nutrients from food-sources more effectively, that's why GEM is made from only whole-food ingredients designed to help you achieve overall balance— and with balance comes a stronger immune system.
GEM features 20.6mcg of vitamin D from mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight.
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