Why Mush-D

Vitamin D is a somewhat special, fat-soluble vitamin, in the sense that it is the only vitamin that the body itself can make. Vitamin D is produced inside body via the skin when ultraviolet rays from sunlight trigger its synthesis. However, for people residing in high latitudes, having a dark skin color, older age, being inside a lot, living in smoggy environments the diet is important to get enough vitamin D. Sources of food which are high in vitamin d are scarce. >1 billion people in the world have low vitamin D levels. This is found in all ethnicities and age groups.

Sources of food high in vitamin D (per 100 gram):

salmon

Salmon         9   µg

Shrimp

Shrimp         3,8 µg

sardines

Sardines     12,5 µg

egg

Egg               0,5 µg

mushrooms

Mushrooms    15 µg

Functions of vitamin D

The active form of vitamin D, calcitriol, has a broad effect on many body processes. This is also apparent from the multitude of tissues in the body in which the vitamin D receptor occurs. It is estimated that vitamin D regulates directly or indirectly, via activation of the vitamin D receptor, between 100 and 1200 genes.

 

Examples why people don’t get enough vitamin D through sun light:

seasons

Seasonality: In winter time the sun stands further away and is less intensive. Also there are less sun hours available.

location

Geographic location: The further away from the equator, the angle of the sun changes and is less Intense.

smog

Smog:When air pollution and smog are present, less UV radiation reaches the earth.

cloud

Clouds: do usually block UV rays, particularly the UV-B. On a really overcast day, they can stop 70 to 90% of the UV-B from reaching the surface.

cities

Cities: high buildings are prevent sun shine reaching our skin.

living inside

Living inside: People are working and living more inside.

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Age and pigment: elderly people and people with a darker skin need more uvb light to be effective

clothing

Clothing: covered clothing prevents uvb light to be effective.

skin protection

Skin protection: prevents uvb light tot be effective.

Other factors causing vitamin D shortage:

Kidney disease: When kidneys fail, their ability to activate vitamin D is lost

Overweight: Higher levels of belly fat are associated with lower vitamin D levels in obese individuals

Genetic differences: genetics have a lot to say about how well your body absorbs vitamin D, including the dosage you might need if your vitamin D levels are low.

Medication: number of drugs are known to interfere with the vitamin D metabolism through activation of the pregnane X receptor and thereby causing vitamin D deficiency

Magnesium shortage

Crohn’s disease

Check out our soups

Tomato Soup

Try our 9 pack vitamin D instant tomato soup to easily add your daily portion of vitamin D.

Curry Soup

Try our 9 pack vitamin D instant curry soup to easily add your daily portion of vitamin D.

Mush Soup

Try our 9 pack vitamin D instant mushroom soup to easily add your daily portion of vitamin D.