Best Vitamin D3 1000IU
Doctor's Best D3 1000IU, featuring cholecalciferol, the preferred supplemental form of vitamin D. Vitamin D is known to interact with over 200 different genes in the body and thus plays a crucial regulatory role as a metabolic activator for a multitude of metabolic processes. Common supplemental forms of Vitamin D include D3 (cholecalciferol) and D2 (ergocalciferol). Vitamin D3 is the naturally occurring form in humans. Research shows that supplemental vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is significantly more efficient at converting to active vitamin D in the body that Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). This makes vitamin D3 the preferred supplemental form of this nutrient. Vitamin D to enhance and regulate immune function and support optimal cardiovascular function. Derived from lanolin from sheeps wool. 1000IU per softgel. 180 Softgels.
RRP $29.95, healthy.co.nz price $26.95
Doctor's Best Vitamin D3, for supporting:
- Bone health
- Immune Wellness
- Cardiovascular function
- Cellular metabolism
Research shows that supplemental vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is significantly more efficient at converting to active vitamin D in the body than vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). This makes vitamin D3 the preferred supplemental form of this nutrient.
Adults: Take 1 or 2 capsules daily, or as directed by your health care professional.
This is what Doctor's Best have to tell us about Best Vitamin D3 1000IU
Vitamin D from dietary intake or sun exposure requires two activation steps in the body. The first activation occurs in the liver, while the second activation occurs in the kidneys, allowing for regulation of calcium metabolism. However, vitamin D receptors are present throughout the body, in tissue such as the skin, cartilage, heart, prostate, bones and intestines. Thus, the second activation step also takes place in local tissues. Recent discoveries have highlighted the important modulatory effects of vitamin D on various cells of the immune system.
Vitamin D enhances and regulates immune function
Studies show that vitamin D has important immunomodulatory effects. It is known that various cells of the immune system, such as T lymphocytes and antigen presenting cells, express the vitamin D receptor on their surface when activated. Recently, it has been found that treatment of these immune cells with vitamin D influences their expression of cytokines, which are chemical messengers of the immune system.
The immune modulating effects of vitamin D extend to monocytes and dendritic cells of the immune system as well. Dendritic cells are important antigen-processing cells of the immune system that function to initiate the immune response. By altering the cytokine expression of dendritic cells, vitamin D may support a balanced immune response and keep the immune system in a normal healthy state of vigilance.
Vitamin D supports optimal cardiovascular function
Research has uncovered the role vitamin D plays in supporting cardiac function. Heart myocytes (cells) express the vitamin D receptor, as do smooth muscle cells of blood vessels. The benefits of vitamin D on the heart are potentially far-reaching.
Studies on mice heart cells have shown that vitamin D administration impacts their growth and proliferation. It has also been shown that vitamin D has a modulatory effect on heart rhythm. In mouse heart cells, knocking out the effects of the vitamin D receptors led to an increased rate of contraction and relaxation. Further studies in mice have led researchers to conclude that vitamin D supports the overall structure and function of the heart in terms of shape, size, and performance.
Studies in humans have confirmed the importance of vitamin D for heart function. In a study consisting of 1,739 participants from the Framingham Offspring Study, those individuals with the highest levels of vitamin D had superior cardiac function in relation to those with low vitamin D levels.
These results make sense when taken in context of the overall effects of low vitamin D. Restoration of optimal vitamin D status supports a healthy, balanced immune response, and may thus restore the optimal health of the heart and cardiovascular system.
Furthermore, recent research highlights the profound benefits of vitamin D sufficiency in the realm of markers of cardiovascular wellness.
Studies have previously shown that vitamin D supplementation has no effect on weight loss. However a recent study conducted in 200 healthy overweight individuals has shown that vitamin D supplementation can enhance the cardiovascular benefits associated with weight loss. The individuals participating in a 12-month weight reduction program were divided into two groups – one received placebo while the other group received supplemental vitamin D on a daily basis.
At the end of the study, it was found that neither placebo nor vitamin D had a measurable effect on weight loss, as both groups lost similar amounts of weight. However, significantly enhanced cardiovascular support with vitamin D supplementation was indicated by favorable cardiovascular markers and blood lipid markers in the vitamin D group.
A further way in which vitamin D may influence the health of the cardiovascular system is through its potential to help maintain blood pressure levels already in the normal range.
While the mechanism of vitamin D’s effect on blood pressure regulation is unclear, it is known that vitamin D regulates calcium balance, supports endothelial function, activates gene transcription, and influences the sodium-potassium balance and aldosterone system in the kidneys. It is likely that vitamin D exerts its influence on blood pressure maintenance in one or more of these ways.
A study was conducted to assess the effects of vitamin D status on blood pressure. In this study, data from the Third US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was used to determine the association of blood pressure levels with vitamin D status in healthy individuals. The results of this study, which included data from 12,644 people, showed that those individuals with the highest vitamin D status had an increased ability to maintain their blood pressure levels in the normal range. By supporting blood pressure levels within a range that is already normal, vitamin D promotes the health and wellness of the cardiovascular system.
Vitamin D supports healthy bone density and structure
The role of vitamin D for bone health (alongside that of calcium) has been well characterized in published literature. Vitamin D is obviously required for optimal calcium absorption, yet studies report many women with low levels of vitamin D. One such study found that out of a total of 2,606 postmenopausal women assessed, more than 64% had levels of vitamin D of less than 30 ng/mL (measured as serum levels of 25(OH)D, a common blood measure of vitamin D sufficiency).
These authors state that, according to a recent review article, the optimal vitamin D levels as measured by 25(OH)D are between 50 and 80 ng/mL.8 Thus, levels near 30 ng/mL are significantly below those considered optimal.
An interesting study was performed recently in Finland in which 212 adolescent females were divided into three groups – a placebo group receiving no vitamin D, a low-dose vitamin D group (200 IU per day) and a higher dose vitamin D group (400 IU per day).
The study aimed to measure the effects of vitamin D intake on bone mineral density in these young healthy females who also had adequate calcium status. At the end of the one year study, both vitamin D groups had significantly enhanced bone density measured at the femur bone, whereas the 400 IU group also had significantly higher mineral density at the lumbar spine.
These findings indicate the importance of vitamin D in bone structure and formation and also indicate the role of vitamin D in bone health independent of calcium intake.
Vitamin D promotes healthy aging by enhancing cellular function
Given its role as a promoter of gene expression, vitamin D affects numerous systems throughout the body. Research unmistakably shows that vitamin D is also a regulator of cellular health and wellness. Aged, unhealthy cells tend to lose their ability to perform their original intended function due to the cumulative effects of oxidative damage.
Vitamin D, acting as a pro-hormone, promotes the ability of cells to maintain their normal life cycle of birth, functional performance, and death. By promoting the normal cell cycle, vitamin D ensures the progression of cells through their functionality and their healthy renewal.
Each 1 softgel contains: Vitamin D3 1000IU. Other Ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil, softgel capsule (gelatin, vegetable glycerin, purified water). The vitamin D3 contained in this product is derived from lanolin, a component of sheep's wool. Contains nothing other than listed ingredients. Does Not Contain: milk, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, sugar, sweeteners, starch, salt, or preservatives.
Keep out of reach of Children.