Rain or Shine: Learn about Vitamin D and its Role in Immune Health and Everyday Life

New Year, New YOU… New Struggles:

I hear you, and believe me, I get it. I see you over there, working hard, exercising hard, choosing those healthy foods and finding the right wellness routine that works for you. But, in the back of your mind, staying healthy all winter long might require some extra diligence. After all, you’re determined: this year, you’re sticking to your goals with your immune system on your side! But when you look up “How to support your immune system,” so many different supplement options pop up. It’s overwhelming to think which one is even the right fit for you. That one model in this ad is smiling and holding a bottle, but how can you be sure what’s in the capsule is researched, reliable and credible? Let me save you a web search and let’s chat about Vitamin D.

Did You Know?   

Vitamin D is one of those “fat-soluble” vitamins, which means, the body finds this type of vitamin special and decides to hold on to it. Why? Well, it provides more than just extra benefit for helping build and maintain bone integrity. It plays a crucial role in immune health. Since it’s wintertime, and we are not outside getting much sunlight, we run the risk of not getting enough Vitamin D from the sun. It’d be a good idea to supplement this nutrient so we can reap the immune benefits:

  • Vitamin D receptors are found on a number of immune cells, including lymphocytes and macrophages, supporting healthy immune cell activation.
  • Vitamin D promotes intestinal calcium and phosphorous absorption and reduces urinary calcium loss, essential mechanisms for maintaining proper calcium levels in the body and for healthy bone composition.
  • Vitamin D may help promote cellular health, including support for breast, colon, and prostate tissue. It may help maintain healthy blood vessel function, supporting immune cell activity, and maintaining healthy cell metabolism.

What’s Right for Me?

Let me save you that “How Much Vitamin D Should I be Taking?” search and tell you: It depends. What’s your diet? What type of Vitamin D would you take (active vs. non-active)? Where do you live – somewhere warm and sunny? Or do you live in the Northeast (like me) where there’s rain and snow 8 months out of the year?

  • In general, the safe daily Tolerable Upper Level of Vitamin D for adults 18 years and older is 100 mcg (micrograms), or 4,000 IU (International Units, or a standardized value used for vitamins).4
  • Taking more than the Tolerable Upper Level should be monitored closely and discussed with a healthcare provider before taking.4

Purely for You offers a variety of Vitamin D3 options – the activated version of vitamin D – so it saves your body a step and doesn’t have to work to convert the non-active version of Vitamin D2 to the activated version. In fact, our Vitamin D3 VESIsorb® offers 50 mcg (2,000 IU) of Vitamin D3, that's easily digested and absorbed to help promote optimal bone, cellular health and may regulate blood flow. It may also regulate blood flow. Plus, we even offer a range of Vitamin D3 products, including a vegan Vitamin D3 available in capsule and liquid versions and sourced from sustainably harvested algae derived plant lichen! If a gummy is more up your alley, don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered. Our Vitamin D3 Gummy offers 25 mcg (1,000 IU) of Vitamin D3 in our organic berry/fruit blend flavor.

There you have it folks! Vitamin D is way more than just helping build and maintain strong bones, it helps provide you immune support to keep you on track with your goals, your health and your wellness!