Vitamin D - Spearmint Flavor
Each pre-metered non-aerosol spray delivers an active source of Vitamin D3. Helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. Helps in the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus. Helps to prevent vitamin D deficiency. Spearmint Flavor.
Recommended Dose (Adults): As a dietary supplement, use 1 pump orally per day. Spray into mouth under the tongue, hold for 20 seconds and then swallow.
1 Oral Drop or Spray (130 μl) Contains:
Medicinal Ingredients: Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 25 μg or 1000 IU, Vitamin E (Tocophersolan) 1 mg AT.
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Potassium Sorbate, Natural Spearmint Flavor.
CTV News Story
Updated: Wed Apr. 07 2010 13:47:02
CTV.ca News Staff
About 37,000 lives a year would be saved if more Canadians simply increased their daily vitamin D intake to recommended levels, says a study funded by a non-profit group dedicated to raising awareness of the vitamin.
The study estimates that increased vitamin D blood levels would reduce incidence of a variety of conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, multiple sclerosis, pneumonia and cancer.
The researchers also say increasing levels of the vitamin among Canadians would save Canada's health system about $14.4 billion.
The study notes that most Canadians don't have anywhere near enough vitamin D stored in their bodies. Blood calcidiol tests have revealed most of us have an average level of 67 nanomoles per litre of the vitamin in our bloodstream.
Statistics Canada reported last month that 10 per cent of Canadians had "inadequate" levels of the vitamin, which they defined as concentrations below 37.5 nmol/L.
Those standards were set in 1997 and are currently getting a second look by Institutes of Medicine.
Concentrations above 75nmol/L have recently been proposed for optimal health. Using that threshold, the StatsCan study found only one-third of the population (33 per cent of males and 37.8 per cent of females) had optimal levels.
For this latest study, the researchers say in order to achieve significant disease reductions, Canadians would need to increase their levels to 105 nanomoles per litre. They estimate that among Canadians aged six to 79, only 10 per cent are at, or above, that level.
The study estimates that the benefits of increased vitamin D levels would include:
- decreased cancer rates of 25 per cent by increasing national vitamin D levels from 75 to 105 nmol/L
- lowered risk of cardiovascular disease by 25 per cent if levels are increased from 62.5 to 105 nmol/L
- a 60 per cent improvement in insulin sensitivity if vitamin D levels were increased from 25 to 75 nmol/L
- reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis and reduced symptoms in those already diagnosed
- reduced risk of pneumonia by 30 per cent, by reducing the "cytokine storm" response following respiratory infections
- reduced risk of Cesarean section by about 50 per cent, by strengthening the uterine muscles
- improved fetal development
"The result of this study strongly suggests the personal and economic burden of disease in Canada could be significantly reduced if optimal vitamin D levels are increased," said William B. Grant, the primary author of the study, which appears in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
"These results should increase interest by individuals, researchers, organizations and agencies in Canada in assessing the health benefits of higher vitamin D production and intake."
The sun is the best source for vitamin D, but because of the climate in Canada, most Canadians can't produce vitamin D from the sun for as long as six months of the year. Because diet alone cannot provide enough vitamin D, most experts now recommend supplements and sensible sun exposure when possible.
The report didn't spell out the amount of vitamin D people would need to take to reach the blood levels recommended by the authors.
The amount needed would vary from person to person, since those with dark skin absorb less from the sun than those with pale skin.
The Canadian Cancer Society advises that adults living in Canada should consider taking 1,000 international units (IU) of the vitamin a day during the fall and winter. They added that people who are olde, have dark skin, or who don't go outside often should take 1,000 IU/day all year round.
"This study clearly shows why Canadians need to know their vitamin D blood levels so they can take steps to optimize their health and reduce their risks," said Dr. Susan J. Whiting, of the University of Saskatchewan.
The Institute of Medicine is currently working on setting new dietary reference intakes for vitamin D; Canadian experts are involved in that process. A report is expected by the early fall.
The study was funded by The Vitamin D Society, a Canadian non-profit group that seeks to increase awareness of the many health conditions linked to vitamin D deficiency.
Pregnant women advised to take vitamin D
By Shane Starling, 05-Jul-2010
Related topics: Research, Vitamins & premixes, Maternal & infant health,Women's health
British researchers have concluded pregnant women should be advised to take vitamin D after determining there is a “strong case” to back the vitamin’s benefits.
The researchers from the University College London Institute of Child Health wrote in the British Journal of Nutrition that supplementation of vitamin D will benefit pregnant women and reduce the risk of diseases such as infantile hypocalcaemia and rickets.
They said the UK was the only country in 31 that did not officially recommend vitamin D use women of reproductive age, even though the Department of Health advises pregnant women to take 10 micrograms per day.
But that advice is contradicted by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which advises against supplements use – even though 10 micrograms is not usually attainable via a regular diet and sunshine.
The paper said the UK was the only one of 31 countries examined which did not recommend that women of reproductive age took a vitamin D supplement.
"The incidence of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women in Britain is unacceptably high, especially during winter and spring,” said Dr Elina Hypponen, one of the report authors.
"This is compounded by a lack of exposure to sunlight and the limitations of an average diet to meet the optimal need. In the most severe cases, maternal vitamin D deficiency can be life threatening to a newborn.”
"We believe that the routine provision of a daily supplement throughout pregnancy would significantly decrease the number of mothers who are clearly vitamin D deficient, reducing related serious risks to their babies."
The research also highlighted the problem of women with dark skin who do not absorb as much sunlight and therefore manufacture less vitamin D in vivo.
Source: British Journal of Nutrition
Published online ahead of print doi:10.1017/S0007114510002436
“Avoidance of vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy in the United Kingdom: the case for a unified approach in National policy”
Authors: Elina Hyppönen and Barbara J. Boucher
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