Feeling SAD? Don’t forget your sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, for mood and romance. An entire winter, with very little D, could affect your mood and your love life.
When you think of vitamin D, what image pops to mind? Probably a big glass of milk? But, the latest research could soon have us instead associating vitamin D with hearts and flowers, romantic walks on the beach, and… love! In addition to the long-touted claims of healthy bones and teeth, we now know that vitamin D plays a key role in both sex hormone production and mood. You might be among the estimated 77% of North Americans who don’t get enough vitamin D especially if you and your significant other are feeling more like roommates.
Low Vitamin D in Women and Men
If you and your health professional agree that’s the case, a vitamin D3 supplement could be exactly what you need to spice things up at home! When women are deficient in vitamin D, it reduces estrogen levels. Also, a study presented at a 2015 meeting of the American Urological Association showed that low vitamin D also drives down testosterone levels in otherwise healthy, middle-aged men.
What’s more, in both men and women, a lack of vitamin D diminishes the body’s ability to produce feel-good brain chemicals, the ones that guard against low mood, including seasonal aﬀective disorder (SAD). Yes, it could be that SAD is just a symptom of a vitamin D deficiency!
Vitamin D for Mood and Romance
Putting all of this data together, it should come as no surprise that in the winter, when there’s less sun available to help us produce vitamin D (also known as the sunshine vitamin) and support our healthy brain chemistry, we’re more interested in curling up with a good book than with our partners!
Indeed, instead of feeling “up” and optimistic, we may well be more blue, anxious, and irritable in the darker months. Feelings like these don’t set the mood for romance, either.
2000 or 5000 IU of D3
Enter Natural Factors Vitamin D3! This vitamin D is in the active cholecalciferol form and combines with organic flaxseed oil for improved absorption. Find it in two strengths so you can pick what works best for you and your body: 50 mcg (2,000 IU) and 125 mcg (5,000 IU).
Like all Natural Factors products, the Vitamin D3 supplements are third-party certified by ISURA to guarantee the products are non-GMO, safe, pure, and potent. ISURA uses state-of-the-art equipment, such as real-time PCR analysis and mass spectrometry to test for over 700 pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, and contaminants. Each Vitamin D3 softgel is also free of artificial colors, preservatives, and sweeteners; dairy, starch, sugar, wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, corn, egg, fish, shellfish, salt, tree nuts, and GMOs.
So if you need a little more sunshine during these end-of-winter months and wet spring days, consider vitamin D3!
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