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Most Filipinos are Vitamin D deficient

MANILA, Philippines – Contrary to popular belief, it is in fact possible for those who live in tropical countries to be underexposed to the sun. Those who have desk jobs during the day or those who are cooped up in the shade might not be getting enough sunshine. And with more typhoons expected to hit the country, it will be more difficult for the sun’s UVB rays to reach the earth’s surface.

While it is advertised that too much sunlight puts people at risk of wrinkles or, even in extreme cases, skin cancer, no one cares to talk about the benefits of sun exposure.

A case for vitamin D

Sun exposure in appropriate amounts supplies the body with Vitamin D, a necessary nutrient to one’s overall health and well-being. If one sacrifices Vitamin D for the sake of avoiding wrinkles, the risks and detriments are potentially much more serious.

A little known fact is how Vitamin D deficiency is linked to serious health conditions. So much so that experts are dubbing it as “a silent epidemic.” Problematic health conditions that are linked to Vitamin D deficiency include bone degradation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer.

Reality check

Three in every five Filipinos have Vitamin D deficiency. It may unwittingly be the catalyst to some of these serious physical circumstances.

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is the only vitamin the body itself is capable of generating, but only on the condition that there is enough exposure to light. Unfortunately, sunlight is the primary source of Vitamin D. And unlike other vitamins, only a small amount of the sunshine vitamin can be absorbed through food.

Knowing the risks of inadequate sun exposure, it is better to chance a walk outside. But if soaking a bit of sun is difficult for you for one reason or another, there are dietary supplements that can compensate for that. For example, Forti-D helps the body meet its daily sunshine vitamin requirement without the added risk of sunburn or wrinkles. A single dose of Forti-D contains 800 IU or Colecalciferol – another name for Vitamin D3. It absorbs calcium and phosphates as well as unlocks the proper functions of organs typically affected by chronic disease.

Now that’s sunshine in a pill.

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