What is Vitamin D?
Our bodies need vitamin D in order to function normally, as it plays a key role in supporting our immune system and muscle function, as well as in the maintenance of normal bones and healthy teeth. The sun is a natural source of vitamin D, which is where it gets its name ‘the sunshine vitamin’ from. It can be hard to ensure we’re getting enough vitamin D during the winter months, even in Australia.
What Are the Signs of Low Vitamin D?
A deficiency in vitamin D can see you experience:
- Muscle aches
- Pain in your joints
- Low mood
What Are the Benefits of Vitamin D?
It’s important to get enough vitamin D in your body, as it helps to promote the absorption of calcium and phosphate in your bones, keeping them strong and healthy. Vitamin D can also be beneficial for improving your mood and reducing feelings of fatigue.
Can You Still Get Vitamin D in the Winter?
As the weather gets cooler, we often find ourselves spending more time indoors during winter. This means we are inside and away from natural sunlight, getting less exposure to our main source of vitamin D. Plus, when we do go outside, we’re wrapped up in more layers of clothing, which also reduces our natural intake of the sunshine vitamin.
Although we can get more vitamin D through our diet from foods such as salmon, sardines, red meat, and egg yolks to name a few, it’s still important to consider taking vitamin D supplements in winter to ensure your body is getting the right amount.
If you follow a specific diet, like vegetarian or vegan, or have intolerances to some of these food sources with vitamin D, it’s even more important to continue taking vitamin D supplements all year round.
How To Get Vitamin D in Winter
From June until August throughout the winter months, it is recommended to take vitamin D supplements to help your body maintain normal bones and a healthy immune system. At Garden of Life, we’ve got a wide range of vitamin D supplements, from vegan sprays to tablets and protein powders that will provide you with a great source of vitamin D in winter. Discover the full range below:
1. Vitamin Code Raw D3 5,000 IU
Our Vitamin Code Raw D3 contains 5,000 IU vitamin D3 per capsule and is one of our best sellers at Garden of Life. This high-dose supplement is perfect for those who may be deficient in vitamin D and is the ideal supplement to increase your vitamin D level quickly during winter. Made from raw whole food fruit and vegetables, these capsules also contain microbiomes and digestive enzymes to support immune system health and supporting the maintenance of good bone health.