Vitamin D also known as Cholecalciferol is a fat soluble nutrient whose main role is to control the calcium and phosphate balance in the body. Since it is found in very few foods and mainly obtained by sunlight, some people have an increased risk of deficiency.

Those who avoid oily fish and dairy products or those who spend a lot of time indoors (such as the elderly), or cover up when they are outdoors, are most likely to be low or become deficient in Vitamin D.

Vitamin D Supplements - D2 & D3

Nutritionist Deepali Shah Katira says,

“Vitamin D is the sunshine nutrient, which has many beneficial roles in the body. Over 1 billion people worldwide are deficient in this important nutrient.”

Lifeplan Vitamin D products

  • Vitamin D 1000IU x 90 Tablets
    This supplement provides a high level of Vitamin D3.
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  • Vitamin D 400IU x 60 Tablets
    Vitamin D tablets for the normal function of the immune system.
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  • Vitamin D3 4000iu x 90
    This supplement provides a high level of Vitamin D3.
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Vitamin D Fast facts

  • Vitamin D Benefits

    Where does Vitamin D come from? Vitamin D is derived from UV light exposure on the skin, so it is easily obtainable in the summer months. It may be harder at other times of the year as it is only found in small amounts in foods.

  • What is the difference between D2 and D3? D2 is a form of Vitamin D which is not as well utilised by the body as Vitamin D3. It is therefore better to choose a product which contains Vitamin D3.

  • Iron has been considered for a long time as the most common nutritional deficiency in the UK. However, Vitamin D is not far behind, and what’s more, as Vitamin D is needed for the absorption of calcium, it is no surprise that calcium deficiency is on the rise too.

  • People with darker skin tones require more sun exposure than people with pale skin to obtain the same amount of Vitamin D. This is because of the increased colour pigment melanin found in darker skin which blocks out UV rays.

  • Vitamin D was first discovered around 1910, when it was found to cure the bone disease Rickets which was commonly seen in children during that time period.

  • Vitamin D is not technically a vitamin (vital amine) because it doesn’t need to be consumed from the diet but can be synthesised on the skin from sunlight. It is most accurately called a steroid hormone.

Lifeplan Vitamin D3 Supplements

Lifeplan Vitamin D Products

Vitamin D products and their uses – if there are any USPs of Lifeplan’s products vs most in the market, Lifeplan Vitamin D products provide this nutrient in the form of Vitamin D3, which is the best form of this nutrient, since it is more easily utilised by the body. The easy to swallow one a day tablets are suitable for vegetarians.

Lifeplan Vitamin D3 Supplements

I take one of these daily as part of my supplement routine and my Vitamin D levels stay at the high end of the healthy range, even in winter..

Jane Wilson

  • Q: Why do you need Vitamin D?
    A: Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth and normal muscle function. It contributes to the normal function of the immune system and has a role in the process of cell division.
  • Q: How much Vitamin D should I be taking?
    A: For general health and wellbeing we would recommend 400IU. If you believe that you are low in Vitamin D (Sub-clinical deficiency) 1000IU is suggested. Finally those who have a clinical deficiency in Vitamin D would be advised to take 4000IU daily.
  • Q: Should I take Vitamin D all year round?
    A: It is perfectly safe to take Vitamin D supplements all year round. However, if you get outdoors for most days in the summer months, you may not need to supplement. Vitamin D can be stored for about 6 weeks or so in the body, so by the Autumn you should think about supplementing.
  • Q: What are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency?
    A: There are many different symptoms, depending on the severity of the deficiency. Symptoms include depression, fatigue, increased susceptibility to infections, bone pain and muscle weakness.
  • Q: Can I take too much Vitamin D?
    A: Yes it is possible to take too much Vitamin D if you are supplementing, since it is a fat soluble nutrient. Always read the label and never take more than the recommended daily amount.
  • Q: Are there different types of Vitamin D and strengths?
    A: Vitamin D3 is the best form of Vitamin D, since it is the form that the body can easily use. You are best to take 400IU for everyday use, 1000IU if you believe you are low in Vitamin D (or rarely go out in sunlight) and 4000IU if you have been told that you are deficient.
  • Q: Can children take Vitamin D?
    A: Yes it is recommended that children take Vitamin D, since insufficient levels increases their risk of the bone disease Rickets. They should only take Vitamin D products that state they can be used by children as most of them on the market are for adults only.
  • Q: What are the best sources of Vitamin D?
    A: The best source of Vitamin D is UV light from the sun. Next you can obtain the nutrient from oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), eggs and UV-treated mushrooms. You can also find Vitamin D in fortified foods such as breakfast cereals, margarine and some bread.
  • Q: Are Lifeplan's Vitamin D tablets suitable for vegetarians?
    A: Yes, Vitamin D in these tablets is derived from lanolin (sheep's wool), which is suitable for vegetarians to take.
  • Q: Are Lifeplan Vitamin D tablets suitable for Vegans?
    A: Unfortunately, as Lifeplan's product contains lanolin from sheep's wool, it is not suitable for vegans.

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