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Vitamin D Supplements Recommended as Incidence of Vitamin D Deficiency in the UK Increases Rapidly.

Vitamin D is essential for absorption of a range of minerals including zinc, iron, phosphate and most importantly calcium. Vitamin D then activates pathways that unable calcium absorption from the intestines and promote bone formation. Therefore, by facilitating calcium absorption, vitamin D plays an important role in strong and healthy bone growth and maintenance. Deficiency in vitamin D result in a low bone mineral density and can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis.

Almost 90% of your daily required vitamin D is produced by your skin in a reaction involving sunlight. However, as more and more of us see fewer hours of sunlight during working hours, vitamin D deficiency is on a sharp incline in occurrence in the UK.


There are many causes of Vitamin D deficiency:

  • Remaining indoors during daylight hours.
  • Living in countries where there is less sunlight.
  • People who cover all/most of their skin when outdoors or excessively use UV sunscreens.
  • Elderly people who have thinner skin and are unable to produce as much vitamin D.
  • People who have darker skin since the melanin pigment absorbs the UV rays reducing the rate of vitamin D synthesis.
  • Certain medical conditions (e.g. coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease) and certain medication.


It is not possible to obtain the daily required intake of vitamin D through diet alone and therefore in people who deficient in vitamin D, supplements are absolutely vital. Research has shown that men and women that were exposed to more sunlight during their lives were less likely to develop colon, prostate, breast and other cancers and those who were not exposed to a lot of sunlight but took vitamin D supplements markedly reduced their risk of developing several cancers.

D-Max and Vitamin D

People who do not get enough sunshine or who have serious problems associated with vitamin D deficiency, high dose vitamin D tablets are recommended. This provides the body with a high concentration of the vitamin to help with rapid recovery. Furthermore, new evidence suggests that the recommended daily requirement of vitamin D is higher than previously recommended, making high-dose supplements more effective. Several vitamin D tablets of varying strengths are vailable commercially. Vitamin Planet supplies Vitamin D at strengths of 5000, 10000 and 20000 IU from their leading vitamin D tablets, D-MAX, making it easy to buy vitamin D tablets online in the UK. It is important to consult your GP regarding which dosage of vitamin D is most
suitable for you.

D-MAX vitamin D3 is Vitamin Planet’s most effective vitamin D formulation, containing innovative new OptizymeTM technology which improves absorption of the vitamin D tablets to maximise its efficacy. As well as promoting strong bone growth and bodily functions, vitamin D supplements have been shown to keep the mind healthy too. Vitamin D has also been shown to be important in brain health and maintaining good neural cognition. Low levels of vitamins D have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and autism. Furthermore, research has shown that people with higher vitamin D levels have a better memory and a higher capacity to process information.