You may know that your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles. But did you know that it also supports the brain and immune system? There’s even evidence that vitamin D may reduce the risk of several types of cancer, including colorectal and breast cancers.
Fortunately, we can obtain this essential nutrient in a number of ways, including through the diet. Vitamin D is found in small amounts of food such as nuts, seeds, eggs, and several types of fish including sardines and tuna. You’ve probably also seen vitamin-D fortified foods, such as dairy products, cereals and juices. In addition to getting the vitamin through your diet, your skin also produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight — which is why it’s often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.”
However, because we live in the northern hemisphere, where the sun’s rays are weaker in fall and winter, many Canadians are at risk of not getting enough vitamin D. Seniors, people with darker skin, vegans and those on a low-protein diet may also be at risk of vitamin D deficiency. When this occurs, the entire body (and mind) is affected, with increased risk of concerns ranging from osteoporosis and increased risk of infections to depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Avoiding a vitamin D deficiency is a great reason to reach for a supplement this season. Try Sisu Vitamin D, fast-dissolving tablets that provide 1,000 IU of vitamin D3, the maximum dosage allowed in a Canadian supplement.
Vitamin D is particularly important for kids, as their growing bodies need it for proper calcium absorption and retention in the bones. So for kids, there’s Sisu Kids’ Vitamin D, available in delicious banana-strawberry-flavoured chewable tablets.
For more information on Sisu’s vitamin D products, visit sisu.com.