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What is Vitamin D3 and Why Do We Need It?
Vegan Vitamin D3 is essential for our overall health and wellbeing. Known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, our bodies produce Vitamin D3 when exposed to sunlight and can also be found in foods we eat and in supplements we can take. As it makes its way through your body, it assists in the absorption of nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus. This in turn helps with many crucial functions in the body including keeping our bones and muscles strong, maintaining a healthy immune system, and even keeping our heart health in check.
Arguably, the most important role that Vitamin D3 plays in our bodies is that of bolstering our immune systems. Through many studies, it has been found that a deficiency in vitamin D can be linked to an increased susceptibility to infection. A Vitamin D deficiency has been noted in those with autoimmune disorders.
Even though we can get Vitamin D3 naturally through the sun, it can be hard to get the recommended amount we need daily just by going outside for a while. Sunscreen and darker skin pigmentation can block the rays from producing the nutrient we are searching for, leaving us with a possible Vitamin D3 deficiency. Plus, even with the 10-15 minutes recommended to get the daily Vitamin D3 you need, the CDC says that there is no amount of time that is safe to be exposed to the sun’s rays that doesn’t increase cancer risk.
This method can also be especially difficult for those who live in areas where sunlight is not readily available during the whole year. Another option is to obtain it through the foods we eat, but even that has some downfalls. Vegetarians and vegans have a very difficult time getting Vitamin D3 through their diet since one of the sources of this vitamin can be found in fish.
At the end of the day, supplements are the only way to be sure you are receiving the right amount of Vitamin D3 daily. The RDA or Recommended Dietary Allowance for Vitamin D3 is 600 IU for individuals under the age of 70 and 800 IU for those over the age of 70. According to the Mayo Clinic,’other experts suggest that adults’ vitamin D needs are much higher. For example, the Endocrine Society recommends up to 1,500 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily for adults.’ Not having the proper intake of Vitamin D3 can cause a potentially serious deficiency which can result in muscle weakness and aches, weak bones, hair loss, depression, and more.
Traditional Vitamin D3 Supplements Vs. Vegan Vitamin D3 Supplements
As reported by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), traditional Vitamin D3 is produced with irradiation of 7-dehydrocholesterol from lanolin and the chemical conversion of cholesterol. So what does this mean to the non-scientists in the room? Well, to irradiate something means to treat it with radiation. 7-dehydrocholesterol is a chemical compound that functions as a precursor to cholesterol. Get this. Lanolin, also called ‘wool grease’, ‘is a wax secreted by the sebaceous (fat) glands of wool-bearing animals.
Lanolin used by humans comes from domestic sheep breeds that are raised specifically for their wool.’ It is a very common ingredient in many modern applications. Because of its softening effects, Lanolin is used in many beauty products including lip balms, ointments, and as a main ingredient in beard and moustache wax. This makes Lanolin an animal byproduct.
To be vegan means that you do not ingest any animal meat, products such as dairy and eggs, or animal byproducts. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult for vegans to find supplements that fit their dietary needs. Supplements can come in many different forms and in some cases, the casing they are enclosed in is not made of vegan materials. Even those with allergies to gelatin and even Lanolin can find it difficult to find a Vitamin D3 supplement that will work for them.
Calm by Wellness has developed a vegan Vitamin D3 option for those that need a better alternative to traditional Lanolin-based products. Vegan Vitamin D3 is derived from an algae called Lichen which is grown in controlled conditions with little environmental impact. It is the plant based version of Vitamin D3 that will work for those that are vegan, those with allergies, or even those that just would rather be more conscious about what they put into their bodies.
How is Vegan Vitamin D3 Made?
Lichens are small plant species that live with algae. This tiny but mighty plant is found in abundance naturally on trees and rocks and is extremely sustainable. Since this source of natural Vitamin D3 doesn’t contain any animal interference, it is certified by the Vegan Society and Vegetarian Society. The lichen that is used to create the Vitamin D3 for the Calm by Wellness Immunity Tincture and Immune Support Gummies is grown in controlled conditions where there is no use of pesticides, chemicals, or other harmful substances ensuring the quality of the lichen.
Calm by Wellness has combined the healing powers of CBD with the immunity strengthening effects of vegan vitamin D3 in their brand new Immunity Tincture. It has been specially formulated to keep you feeling your very best even when life gets a bit hairy. Keeping your immune system happy can mean the difference between enjoying your vacation days and using up your sick days. This new formula is packed with 17 mg of CBD per serving as well as 125% of your daily Vitamin D3. Just a dropper full before bed will help to bolster your immune system to fight against all the things around that could possibly get you sick. Taking care of your health has never been easier!
The Immune Support Gummies also contain 100% plant based Vitamin D3 made from Lichen. These gummies contain Eldermune TM premium European Elderberry Extract along with 100% of your daily Vitamin C, as well as Zinc. With 10 mg, THC free, Broad Spectrum hemp extract CBD packed inside each great tasting gummy, you can be sure you will feel great and protected! If tinctures aren’t your thing, these gummies are a great alternative to our Immunity Tincture.
Benefits of Vegan Vitamin D3
Vitamin D deficiency is a growing problem. There are only a few sources that we can procure vitamin D from such as the sun, foods we eat, and supplements. For some, getting enough through these sources is impossible. Whether the sun is too harsh, you are vegetarian or vegan, or you don’t take pills, a deficiency can be easy to dive into unknowingly. There are so many health risks associated with a Vitamin D deficiency such as rickets, increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, and even cancer.
This can be a frightening prospect for those unable to get the RDA of Vitamin D3. Luckily, there is another alternative to the traditional lanolin products. Calm by Wellness decided this wouldn’t do and put little lichens to work! Now, with more people able to keep up on their daily intake, they can enjoy the benefits of Vegan Vitamin D3.
Helps Maintain Normal Bones
According to many studies, Vitamin D3 is an essential supplement to help with inherited bone disorders resulting from an inability to absorb or process vitamin D. Also, the risk for Multiple Sclerosis can be reduced through long-term vitamin D supplementation. Two other conditions that can benefit from supplementation are Osteomalacia, the softening of bones and Osteoporosis, when the bones become weak and brittle. Studies suggest those who receive enough vitamin D and calcium can slow the process of bone loss and reduce bone fractures.
Maintains Normal Muscle Function
Vitamin D3 plays a very important part in muscle strength and function. Those who suffer from a vitamin D deficiency have reported muscle aches and weakness. Doctors with older patients usually suggest a supplementation of Vitamin D in order to decrease the risk of weakness and falls. Consider the case report of Mrs. H. She was a 51 year old woman who presented for management of her type 2 diabetes.
She complained of muscle pain in all large muscle groups. She noted difficulty hanging out the washing and on ‘bad days’ difficulty brushing her hair. She complained of calf pain with walking one block which improved with rest. After being treated with Vitamin D, she came back and was completely cured of any muscle pain or weakness.
Contributes To Health of Teeth
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate. These are essential nutrients to our dental health. Phosphorus is important to dental health because it naturally protects and rebuilds tooth enamel. Calcium is one of the most important minerals for healthy teeth because it strengthens your enamel. Deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to an increased risk of dental decay. Bone disorders caused by deficiency can also affect the jaw causing teeth to become loose and brittle. There is still a lot of research being conducted linking vitamin D to oral health and so far it seems as though there is more to it than originally believed.
Assists in Immune System Function
During cold and flu season, Vitamin D helps our immune system keep up with the demand! White blood cells, our bodies defense against sickness, have a vitamin D receptor on their surface which helps to keep our system in complete balance. This balance is vital to a healthy immune system that is ready to fight when needed. According to Centre Spring MD, studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased susceptibility to infection, and can impair the maturation of healthy white blood cells, which help the body to fight illness.
Plays a Role in Our Daily Mood
Mood disorders affect many people in their daily life. Depression is very common worldwide, with more than 264 million people affected. The World Health Organization claims that depression ‘can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.’ In one study it was found that those with depressive disorders were remarkably low on Vitamin D!
Vegan Vitamin D3 Success
Vitamin D 3 is essential to our overall health. With the hectic nature of our daily lives it can be easy to overlook important nutrients our bodies need to function. The ‘sunshine vitamin’ is a vital supplement that we can’t always find through natural avenues. By adding a Vegan Vitamin D3 supplement to your diet, you can ensure you are getting the recommended dietary allowance per day. The best kind of Vitamin D3 money can buy is made from lichen instead of lanolin. Lanolin is an animal by-product that can’t be consumed by some people.
By manufacturing Vitamin D3 with sustainably sourced lichen, vegans, vegetarians, and vampires alike will all be able to get the many benefits. At Calm by Wellness, their mission is to help people feel calm in their everyday life. By creating products that are all inclusive, everyone can utilize the magic of CBD. All of Calm by Wellness products serve a dual purpose. The CBD Immunity Tincture for example, contains 17 mg of CBD per serving to keep the body calm and feeling just right. It also offers 125% of our daily Vegan Vitamin D3! Just one dropper full an hour before bedtime will have the pain and stress of the day melting away and have your immune system singing a happy tune knowing you care so much about it.
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