Top Up on the Sunshine Vitamin
Vitamin D is vital for a healthy immune system. Our body will produce vitamin D provided there is an adequate amount of UVB light from sun exposure, meaning during the darker winter months, we typically don’t get adequate amounts. Research indicates that vitamin D stimulates the production of powerful antimicrobial peptides in the body, which help to fight off bacteria, fungi and viruses.
In research, vitamin D has also shown to have a positive effect on our mental health. In a randomized, double-blind control trial, vitamin D was shown to reduce depressive symptoms associated with various depression disorders in individuals with low vitamin D.*