Syntech Vitamin D3 | 270 tabs
Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because the body produces Vitamin D itself when the skin is directly exposed to sunlight. The ultraviolet B rays from the sun are absorbed by the cholesterol in the skin, and quickly converted into Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is then transported to the liver and converted to calcifediol (25(OH)D). To determine a person's vitamin D status, these 25(OH)D serum levels are measured in the blood.
About 50% of the population worldwide suffers from deficient Vitamin D levels, and it affects all ethnic groups and all ages. There are several factors that determine whether someone has a Vitamin D deficiency. Influencing examples: the season of the year, lifestyle (indoor or outdoor activities), latitude and/or location where a person lives, skin color, age, use of sunscreen etc.
Vitamin D is rarely found in regular food, so supplementation can help.
The pro's of Vitamin D:
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.
- Contributes to normal levels of calcium in the blood.
- Contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth.
- Contributes to general health in the context of the cell division process.
The pro's of Vitamin D for athletes:
- Contributes to the maintenance of muscle function and muscle strength.
- Can contribute to an improvement in sports performance.
- Reduces the risk of bone fractures.
- Reduces the risk of inflammation
- Persons who do not get enough direct sunlight.
- During the winter months: individuals and athletes living above the 35th parallel (Europe, North America, Russia)
- All indoor athletes
The active ingredients per daily serving (3 minitabs)
- 75µg (3000 IU) Vitamin D3
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How to use:
Take 3 tablets (= 1 serving) with a meal. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so it is important to take the tablets with a meal. This way it is much better absorbed by the body.
Vitamin D3 is taken in micrograms and so you actually need very little substance to get the daily amount. SynTech chose to use a minimum of additives to make the tablet and therefore the tablets are Vitamin D3 so small. Don't be shocked when you open the jar, all 270 tablets are in it!