6 benefits of vitamin D – and how to get more in your diet
Vitamin D is vital for several physiological processes. Here are six benefits.
Often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” (we’re feeling the love right there), vitamin D plays an important role in helping to maintain our overall health and wellbeing.
Here are six surprising benefits of vitamin D.
Supports bone mineralisation
Along with regular physical activity, Vitamin D is great for helping healthy bones throughout all stages of your life.
Why? Because without enough vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, a primary component of bones1.
Supports general health and wellbeing
Vitamin D is increasingly being recognised as a “multitasking” nutrient that goes beyond bone health to influence overall health and wellbeing2.
Supports healthy immune function
Vitamin D can help to support and maintain healthy immune function3.
Supports muscle function
Studies have shown that sufficient vitamin D levels are associated with muscle function, and reducing the risk of falls4, particularly in older adults.
Promotes nutrient absorption
Vitamin D facilitates the absorption of vital minerals in the gut, particularly calcium and phosphorus.
This absorption is pivotal for various bodily functions, including bone mineralisation, and the proper functioning of muscles5.
Maintains nutrient levels in the body
By increasing the efficiency of nutrient absorption, vitamin D ensures calcium and phosphorous are available for a range of physiological processes, including muscle function6.
How can I increase my vitamin D intake?
When dietary intake is inadequate, supplementation can be a useful way to help maintain your vitamin D levels7.
The expert in vitamin D and bone health
Ostelin is Australia’s No.1 bone health and vitamin D brand8, with a range of specialised vitamin D and calcium supplements for different needs, and stages of life.
Ostelin Vitamin D3 1000IU helps to maintain Vitamin D levels in the body, with a convenient one-a-day capsule.
For young children, Ostelin Infant Vitamin D3 Drops supports healthy bone and teeth development with a sugarless, odourless and easy to deliver liquid form of this important nutrient.
For infants under 12 months, dispense 1 drop daily from the bottle directly on to the nipple, a washed finger or a clean dummy and allow the baby to suck for at least 30 seconds.
For children aged one to 12, dispense one drop daily for the bottle on to a clean spoon for direct consumption or mix with milk, juice or food.
Passionate about raising awareness on the importance of bone health and strength, Ostelin is also on a mission to champion women’s strength from within.
Because your health is an investment, and taking care of your vitamin D levels is a vital part of that journey!
* This post is brought to you by Ostelin. Always read the label and follow the directions for use. Vitamin and mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
1 Health Direct, 2022, Healthy Bones, retrieved October 2023 from https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/healthy-bones
2 University of Copenhagen, 2010, Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defences, retrieved October 2023, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100307215534.htm
3 Aranow C, 2023, Vitamin D and the immune system. J Investig Med, 59(6):881-886, Retrieved Oct 2023, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/
4 B Dawson-Hughes, 2017, Vitamin D and muscle function, The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Volume 173:313-316, retrieved September 2023 from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960076017300833
5 Holick MF, 2007, N Engl J Med, 357(3):266-281, retrieved September 2023 from https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmra070553
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7 Health Direct, 2022, Vitamin D and Your Health, retrieved October 2023 from https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamin-d-and-your-health#should-i
8 IQVIA National Scan Sales W/E 2023-10-14