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Vitamin D: Why is it so important?
When winter is coming to an end and the sun breaks through the gray cloud cover, you can feel it directly: the sun has healing powers . This has even been scientifically proven, because vitamin D, the so-called sun hormone, influences our health on several levels.
How do you recognize a vitamin D deficiency?
Unfortunately, the sun does not appear often enough in our latitudes (latitude 47 to 55 N°), which is why the body's own vitamin D is not available enough, especially in winter. Vitamin D deficiency has many symptoms that are difficult to recognize, especially in adults. These include fatigue, bone pain, muscle weakness, muscle pain or cramps, mood swings and even depression.
Fortunately, this does not affect the majority of the population. Nevertheless, almost 60% of people in Germany do not achieve the desirable vitamin D supply that would be necessary to use the preventive potential of vitamin D for bone health.
How is vitamin D best absorbed? And what is it good for?
Vitamin D is a special vitamin because it is absorbed both through the skin and through food. The body produces vitamin D by stimulating the sun's UVB rays and can store it in muscle and fat. This is because vitamin D is fat-soluble.
In summer it is even possible in Germany to absorb enough vitamin D through the skin. As an adult, you would have to be in the sun for about 5 to 25 minutes a day - with your face, hands and parts of your arms and legs.
Overall, vitamin D is helpful for our mood, muscles, and bones. In some sources one even reads that a vitamin D deficiency is present in almost all diseases.
Are there differences in vitamin D?
There's vitamin D2 and D3, with vitamin D3 being more effective . Especially if it is not taken very regularly. The body's own vitamin D is also vitamin D3. Vitamin D2, on the other hand, does not occur in the human body, but can be converted into D3. The difference is that it needs to be taken more regularly. If this is not the case, vitamin D3 is a lot better because it can be used more easily by the body.
Is vitamin D also in your products?
Yes. We've added various micronutrients to our Barista and Unsweetened milk alternatives, including vitamin D3. Milk alternatives are perfect for vitamin D intake because you consume them in small amounts every day. Just make yourself a cappuccino or muesli and take some vitamin D in a relaxed manner. Easy-peasy, even in winter - and damn delicious.