Make vitamins yourself? When vitamin D supplementation can make sense
Do it Yourself! This is possible with vitamin D. People form it in the skin when they are exposed to UVB radiation. Only this self-synthesis depends on the geographical location, the season, the age and the way of life.
Not everyone produces enough vitamin D or consumes enough of it through food.
At the 7th Lower Saxony Consumer Health Protection Forum in Oldenburg, Professor Dr. Armin Zittermann from the Heart and Diabetes Center North Rhine-Westphalia, whether and for whom taking vitamin D as a dietary supplement can be worthwhile. "The low daily dose brings the most," explained Zittermann, but limited it: "There is hardly any effect for a person who is adequately cared for." Those who have a vitamin D deficit and slowly reduce it will benefit most. Single doses of high doses can even have negative effects.
Central Europe is so far north that the skin's own synthesis is only possible to a very limited extent, especially in winter. Food intake is also insufficient. Especially in winter, the recommended blood values are not achieved by many.
Special risk groups are groups of people who are not exposed to the sun even in summer, for example residents of nursing homes. One of the things that vitamin D regulates in the body is bone building. Good vitamin D supply, for example, reduces the risk of falls and broken bones in old age. Vitamin D remains important for life and can be useful as a food supplement in certain cases. Ask your nutritional counseling or nutritionist about this. Regina Bartel, bzfe