Vitamin D - Ergocalciferol ...
...and the role organic vitamin D has within the body.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which is not significantly destroyed by cooking
or even processing and refrigeration.
Vitamin D2, which is also known as ergocalciferol, can be synthesised by the
exposure of yeast to light.
Vitamin D3, which is known as cholecalciferol, is found naturally in animal
This vitamin is often nick-named the sunshine vitamin as in humans it
is formed within the skin when ultraviolet light activates the conversion of a form of
cholesterol into vitamin D3.
With dietary vitamin D, it is absorbed through the intestinal walls with the help
of bile salts. This vitamin is converted by
the liver into a form the body can use, and then it is stored within the liver.
Vitamin D is required by the body for absorption and metabolism of calcium and
phosphorus, for bone and tooth enamel.
Growth and Development in
This vitamin also plays a very important role in the growth and development of
children, and with their normal calcification of bones and teeth.
Vitamin D is required for the formation of hormones by the thyroid gland and this
vitamin also has many functions related to calcium and phosphorus metabolism, such as
blood clotting, the heart and the nervous system.
Some of the food sources that Vitamin D can be found within are dairy products,
fish liver oils and liver.
Because our body requires sunlight to synthesise Vitamin D, a lack of exposure with
a poor diet can lead to a deficiency in this vitamin.
Unfortunately, drugs such as laxatives or lipid lowering drugs may also cause a
deficiency in vitamin D, and therefore it may be advisable to supplement on your nutrient
Nutritional Vitamin Supplements
o Maximol (liquid vitamins and
o Orachel (multi-vitamin oral chelation
Other Nutritional Information
o Specific Vitamins and their benefits
o The role of Vitamins in our bodies
o Vitamin D required along side other
Vitamins and Minerals
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