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Vitamin D

Benefits for bones, teeth and immune system

In contrast to all other vitamins that humans consume exclusively through food, our body can produce vitamin D itself. It is produced in our skin when we expose it - in small doses - to the sun. *Author: Angela Gleixner-Lück, therapist

Vitamin D at any age

Vitamin D and its many positive properties have been known for a long time and range from a "mood-lifting" effect to its importance for the immune system, bone growth and dental health.

Even before birth, the child in the womb needs sufficient vitamin D. This is partly responsible for healthy development. It is jointly responsible for healthy brain function, bone formation, a stable immune system and the formation of healthy nerve cells. Therefore, pregnant women should always keep an eye on their vitamin D levels - also for the sake of their unborn child.

A good vitamin D supply in infants is essential for the healthy development of the child. That is why vitamin D supplements are recommended from infancy to 3 years of age. Among other things, vitamin D regulates the blood level of calcium and ensures its incorporation into the bones. This makes the soft basic substance of the bone hard and stable. Calcium is also deposited in teeth and jaw bones. Sufficient vitamin D therefore also ensures healthy, strong teeth with sufficiently thick enamel, fewer cavities and less inflammation of the tooth bed (periodontosis).

Older children can meet their vitamin D needs very well if they spend regular time outdoors. The ideal amount of sunlight for your child should be discussed with your paediatrician. They can determine whether regular doses of vitamin D are necessary after blood tests. Further information

Seniors should also pay special attention to their vitamin D supply, since the natural formation of vitamin D in the skin through the sun decreases with age.
Here, too, a sufficiently high vitamin D level ensures sufficient calcium to stabilise the bones and strengthen the muscles. This reduces the risk of falls and bone fractures - a clear benefit for quality of life and independence in old age. Further information

The positive effects of vitamin D on the immune system, on the other hand, are impressive at any age. It plays an important role in the communication between the immune cells in the blood. In this way, an "alarm" can be sounded in time against unwanted intruders and their spread in the body can be stopped more quickly. Thus, a sufficient vitamin D level can help to reduce the risk of flu and shorten the duration of colds.

Vitamin D supply

Bask in the sun

  • Arrange for your vitamin D levels to be measured in the autumn. This will show you whether you have enough reserves for the low-light period from October to March. Talk to your family doctor about a sensible additional intake.
  • When the sun is higher again from April to September, get sunlight 2 to 3 times a week, preferably between 10 am and 3 pm. Even if you have sensitive skin, just a few minutes of sunbathing on your arms and legs is enough in the summer.
  • Then, depending on your skin type, make sure your whole body is adequately protected from the sun. Your dermatologist will be happy to give you information about your skin type, the correct sun protection factor in sunscreen or possible risks. This way you can enjoy your vitamin D sunbathing to the fullest.

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