Vitamin D is essential for effective calcium absorption, required for healthy bones and teeth. A diet deficient in calcium can lead to osteoporosis later in life. Vitamin D helps maintain muscle strength, which may reduce the incidence of falls in the elderly. Ostelin contains Vitamin D3 which is the form that is produced naturally in the body.
- Recommended for people with low vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D affects several areas in the human body. Importantly, Vitamin D is essential for the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus from the small intestine and is vital for normal mineralisation of bone. This is a major function of vitamin D.
Pregnancy and lactation are times of increased calcium and vit D requirements. During pregnancy, maternal D vitamin requirements can increase up to 4 to 5-fold to facilitate the availability of extra calcium required for fetal skeletal growth. The developing baby is dependent on the mother for adequate vitamin D nutrition, which is important for healthy development of the skeleton. Adequate intake of vitamin D is also important during early pregnancy as it’s been shown to help maintain healthy children’s normal language development. The need for vitamin D continues into childhood where growing children require Vitamin D for optimal bone mineralisation especially during times when sunlight exposure is limited.
In the elderly additional dietary vitamin D may be required as the ability of the skin to make vitamin D with exposure to sunlight decreases with age. A study has shown that taking 700IU of vitamin D daily reduces the risk of a fracture in two ways: by decreasing falls and increasing bone density. Adequate Vitamin D and Calcium intake is an important part of management of osteoporosis.
In addition to bone health, vitamin D may also affect muscle strength. A dose of 400IU of vitamin D daily may help to improve muscle strength, walking distance and functional ability in the elderly. It may also decrease the risk of falls in this group due to the strengthening action.
Research also suggests that vitamin D may help maintain a healthy immune system and help regulate cell growth and differentiation, the process that determines what a cell is to become.
Dosage: 1 capsule daily with a meal or as directed by your healthcare professional.
Warnings: Always read the label. Use only as directed. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Ostelin is recommended for adults only.
Ingredients: Each capsule contains 25mcg cholecalciferol (equivalent to Vitamin D3 1000 IU)
Free from gluten, sugar, starch, lactose, yeast and artificial flavours.
This product is Halal certified Ostelin Vitamin D products are derived from the lanolin of sheep’s wool
Warnings: This food is not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with a nutritious diet and with an appropriate physical training or exercise program. This food is not suitable for children under the age of 15 or pregnant women. It should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Keep out of reach of children.