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Earthlight™ Whole Food Vitamin D
Earthlight™ Whole Food Vitamin D plays an important role in sports nutrition, bone health, healthy looking skin, and overall health. Vitamin D’s active form, calcitriol, contributes to skin cell growth and repair, while creating an impermeable barrier against environmental conditions. Vitamin D is also critical for strong bones as it helps calcium absorption.
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Earthlight™ Whole Food Vitamin D is naturally sourced, non-GMO, whole food vitamin D from mushroom powder. The complex process of vitamin D synthesis and utilization yields the active form, calcitriol, a hormone-like compound intrinsic to cellular proliferation and rejuvenation. It is able to activate over 2,000 genes (roughly 10% of the human genome), thus contributing to skin cell growth, repair and metabolism. As well, It mobilizes the skin’s immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging. Because the reactions, which turn vitamin D into calcitriol, occur in the outermost layers of your skin, it is hugely important to fortify the source of cellular rejuvenation with supplementation(1). While human skin cells can manufacture vitamin D from UV sunlight, lifestyle changes mean we spend more time indoors, and many people lack adequate vitamin D levels. Additionally, vitamin D is integral to a variety of physiological functions, and while it is manufactured by the skin, it is distributed throughout the body and not stored at the source.
Without sufficient vitamin D epidermal cells won’t regenerate, resulting in a thinner and more fragile outer skin layer, and also contributes to dryness and wrinkles. Within the skin, vitamin D and its receptors help form an impermeable barrier and promote an innate immune response against foreign microbes while locking in moisture Thus, having enough vitamin D in the skin increases elasticity, resilience, stimulates collagen production and improves skin hydration. The recommended daily effective dose is 10mg for skin health.(2)
Vitamin D levels also affects both physical performance and risk of injury in athletes. Deficiency of vitamin D in athletes can cause an increase in risk of injuries such as stress fractures, therefore affecting athletic performance. Fast Twitch (Type II) muscle fibers are particularly affected by vitamin D deficiency. Fast Twitch (Type II) muscle fibers produce quick, powerful bursts of speed. Vitamin D helps to increase the size and number of Fast Twitch (Type II) muscle fibers. The recommended daily effective dose is 10mg for athletes.(3)
While human skin cells can manufacture vitamin D from UV sunlight, lifestyle changes mean we spend more time indoors, and many people lack adequate vitamin D levels. Additionally, vitamin D is integral to a variety of physiological functions, and while it is manufactured by the skin, it is distributed throughout the body and not stored at the source. However, many doctors are saying that most people are not getting enough of vitamin D. Vitamin D is critical for strong bones. Vitamin D helps calcium absorption needed for strong bone health. Adequate calcium and vitamin D throughout life, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
- Earthlight™ Whole Food Vitamin D. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.plthealth.com/products/earthlight
- Goldfaden, G., & Goldfaden, R. (2010, June). Optimal Skin Protection with Vitamin D. Retrieved from http://www.lef.org/Magazine/2010/6/Optimal-Skin-Protection-with-Vitamin-D/Page-01
- Hamilton, B. (2011). Vitamin D and Athletic Performance: The Potential Role of Muscle. Asian Journal of Sports Medicine, 2(4), 211–219.
- Color (in powder form)
- Product Flavor Profile (mixed with 8-10 oz. water)
- Very slight earthy taste
- Suggested Flavor Pairings
- Pomegranate Açai (available in a caloric or non-caloric version)
- Alternative Uses: Add to…
- Cold Beverages (juice, milk, iced tea, etc.)
- Sports Drinks