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Vitamin D: The Underappreciated Shield


Many people have a vitamin D deficiency due to the lack of sunshine in winter and life in closed rooms. Thereby this vitamin is necessary not only for the bones and teeth. It also plays an important role in a properly functioning immune system.

If the vitamin is missing in the body, the immune system’s killer cells - the T-cells - cannot react and the flexibility of the immune system is thus weakened. The handy thing about vitamin D: It does not need to be supplied to the body in the diet - the body can produce a large part of its demand itself. But: to do this, it needs the sun. Up to 90 percent of the vitamin is produced through UV radiation on the skin. Certain foods are also sources of vitamin D, the biggest quantity being supplied by cod liver oil. For most people, however, this is a taste experience that they will happily do without. Therefore it stands to reason that two thirds of the Austrian population suffer from vitamin D deficiency in the winter months.

Researchers have now developed a plant formula with immune boosters and a high vitamin D concentration. Many pharmacies recommend this formula called Immun44 (over the counter).