Do you suffer from vitamin D3 deficiency? If you are like most Europeans, the answer is yes – especially if you suffer from osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes or cancer. In an interview with an expert, prof. Dr. Emilia Dubljanin Raspopovic, associate professor at the Belgrade University School of Medicine and specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Serbian Clinical Center, answers our questions about why it is advisable to take additional vitamin D3 and whether it is safe to take. long-term.
Why is vitamin D important?
Vitamin D is important for the whole body and especially for bone health. Insufficient Amounts Lead to Osteoporosis and an increased risk of fracture as a result of falls in the elderly. However, there is growing evidence that vitamin D deficiency is also associated with various other cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, neurological diseases, as well as some cancers.
Why do more and more people have vitamin D3 deficiency?
Unfortunately, thanks to modern living conditions, vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic levels in our society due to inadequate sun exposure. Most of D is obtained from solar rays (80-90%). Due to indefinite weekdays, we spend very little time outside, and this is especially pronounced in the fall and winter. Little sunlight means little vitamin D for the body. In addition, the skin's ability to synthesize vitamin D is significantly reduced in older people who are less exposed to the sun. Vitamin D deficiency is widespread and is present in 30-50% of the general population.
When it comes to the production of vitamin D in our skin, it should be noted that from October to late March, all of Europe does not have enough UVB radiation. Even if we provide enough vitamin D3 during the sunny months, it will not be able to provide sufficient amounts of vitamin D during winter / early spring. In addition, the justified fear of skin cancer has led to widespread use of sunscreen and sunblock creams. Use of even the smallest protective factors (eg, SF6) almost completely blocks vitamin D.
How to prevent vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D3 supplements play a very important role in ensuring the optimal level of vitamin D in the body. Its role has been confirmed in the treatment of osteopenia and osteoporosis, as well as in reducing the risk of fracture. In osteoporotic patients, adequate vitamin D3 levels are a prerequisite for effective osteoporosis therapy.
Vitamin D3 is believed to be sufficient to reduce osteoporosis and fractures. However, does the latest research say otherwise?
That's right. Specifically, for calcium, whose absorption of food is aided by vitamin D3, is targeted and incorporated into bone, vitamin K2 is required. In the absence of vitamin K2, calcium is not incorporated into bones but is deposited in soft tissues such as joint cartilage. The consequences are twofold: bones become porous and break more easily, and joints become sore and prone to tooth decay, says Professor Dubljanin. Numerous clinical studies have confirmed this: Vitamin K2 helps to reduce bone loss and, in some cases, even helps to increase bone mass. Evidence from seven Japanese studies showed that vitamin K2 supplementation contributes to reducing vertebral vertebral fractures by up to 60%. Dr. Dubljanin Raspopovic adds: "When you take vitamin D3, your body produces more calcium-containing proteins. They have many potential health benefits. But until we bring in vitamin K2 to activate these proteins, those benefits will not be achieved. I recommend the Herbiko® K2D3 Natural preparation that contains the most ideal form of vitamin K2 and has a high resorption Herbiko® K2D3 contains a powerful combination that helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fracture.
A message to the end.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis sufferers often find out when it is too late or when the fracture occurs. Therefore, he is considered a silent bone thief for osteoporosis. You simply cannot ignore this problem. If you spend a little time in the sun or have a deficiency in these important vitamins, react in time and protect your bones.