Supports teeth, bones, muscles and immune system
- Small pearls with 25 µg (1000 IU) of vitamin D3 in cold pressed olive oil
- Ensures good bioavailability as vitamin D is fat soluble
- The gelatine is halal and kosher certified
- For bones, teeth and muscles
- Vitamin D plays a role for absorption of calcium
- Supports normal cell division
- Manufactured under Danish pharmaceutical control
D-Pearls (Vitamin D3)
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|1 capsule contains||% RDA*|
|Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)||25 µg||500%|
*RDA= Recommended Daily Allowance
1 capsule daily, unless otherwise advised. Preferebly with a meal. For adults only.
Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage.
Pregnant and lactating women and users of drugs, should consult a doctor/specialist before using this dietary supplement.
Not suitable for children under the age of 10.
A healthy lifestyle and a varied and balanced diet are important for maintaining good health.
Olive oil, capsule shell: gelatin, humectant: glycerol, purified water, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3)
Dark, dry and at room temperature.
Keep out of reach of young children.
Seniors and people with dark skin are recommended to take ekstra vitamin D.
An older and colored skin is less able to generate vitamin D3 from sunlight.
Dietary supplements should not replace a varied diet.
What are D-Pearls?
D-Pearls are small, soft gelatin capsules with 25 μg (1000 International Units) of vitamin D3 in each capsule. The vitamin D is dissolved in high quality cold-pressed olive oil to improve absorption in the digestive system as vitamin-D is a fat-soluble vitamin. The capsule size makes them easy to swallow, but they can also be chewed. Research has shown that D-Pearls have a high absorption in the body.
Pharma Nord's D-Pearls has been tested by researchers at the University of Oslo, where they gave athletes different doses of vitamin D from D-Pearls or inactive placebo capsules. The study showed that vitamin D from D-Pearls both high and low doses was absorbed well by the participants whereas the athletes who received placebo capsules had unchanged levels of vitamin D in the blood.
The illustration shows the difference in vitamin D in the blood during 4 weeks in the group receiving 76 mcg (2 x 38 mcg) of vitamin D from D-Pearls daily and the unchanged vitamin D content in the blood of the group receiving placebo capsules .
Source: Baumann ACK. Effekt av vitamin D-tilskudd på 25(OH)D status. University of Oslo, July 2013.
What is vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. This implies that the vitamin need some fat in order to be absorbed in the intestine. Like other vitamins, vitamin D is essential. There are several kinds of vitamin-D, but the two most important forms are D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). D3 is the form of the vitamin that is synthesized in the skin when we are exposed to sufficient amounts of sunlight or a similar type of UV-radiation. Vitamin D from sunlight is an effective vitamin D source but is only produced when the sun is high in the sky. In large parts of Europe, this only happens during the summer period, and therefore we can only produce sufficient levels of the vitamin this time of year.
Vitamin D2 Is only available from the diet. It is produced by certain fungi and plants when they are exposed to ultraviolet light. Both vitamin D2 and D3 require subsequent activation in the liver and kidneys in order to become biologically active. Science used to believe that both forms of vitamin D were equally effective in the body. However, depending on the measuring method used, vitamin D3 is 56-87 per cent more effective than vitamin D2 when it comes to raising blood levels of vitamin D. Moreover, D3 is stored in fat tissue more than three times as effectively as D2. *
* Heaney RP, et al. Vitamin D3 Is More Potent Than Vitamin D2 in Humans. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2010.
Children require relatively more vitamin D than adults.
Vitamin D has an array of important functions in the body. For instance, vitamin D is:
- Important for normal cell division
- Helping to maintain normal bones and teeth
- Contributing to a normal absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus
- Playing a role in the body's immune system and muscle function
Good vitamin D sources
Vitamin D is found only in larger amounts in oily fish, such as salmon, herring and mackerel. Additionally occurring vitamin D are found in limited quantities in meat, dairy products and eggs. In the plant kingdom vitamin D is available only in small amounts in certain fungi. In our diet some of the best sources of vitamin D are:
The need for vitamin D
Research has shown that in terms of the amount of vitamin D in the blood, a daily supplement of vitamin D is more effective than larger weekly or monthly supplementations.
Vitamin-D supplements are generally recommended for:
- Children aged 0 – 2 years (vitamin D as drops)
- Pregnant women
- Children and adults with dark skin
- Children and adults who wear fully covering clothes in the summer time
- People who do not spend time outdoors in the daytime or generally avoid sunlight
- Nursing home residents as old people have reduced skin synthesis, and also gut absorption of vitamin D
- People older than 70 years
- Anyone who, regardless of their age, are at increased risk for osteoporosis
Vegans and vegetarians are advised to adhere to the official guidelines for sun exposure and possibly take a supplement of vitamin D during the winter period.
Blood levels of vitamin D can be determined by a blood test that measures the unit 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-(OH)D) and is expressed in nmol/l. Vitamin D status is graduated in the following way:
- <12 nmol/l: Severe deficiency
- 12-25 nmol/l: Deficiency
- 25-50 nmol/l: Insufficient
- >50 nmol/l: Sufficient
- 75-150 nmol/l: Optimal level in individuals with fragile bones and kidney patients
- >ca. 200 nmol/l: Risk of overdose
> = greater than
< = less than
Vitamin D Conversion
- 1 nmol/l = 0,4 ng/ml
- 25 µg = 1000 IU (international units)
Measurement of vitamin D
The safest way to know one's vitamin D status is by means of a blood test. However, for normal, healthy individuals there is no immediate need to measure blood levels of vitamin D. For certain groups, however, it is advisable to gauge their vitamin D status.
For instance, people with a lifestyle that gives reason to believe that they could benefit from checking their status. Besides the obvious factors that limit vitamin D such as lack of sunlight and poor diet, there are more subtle causes such as the fact that some types of medicine may affect the body’s vitamin D absorption, thereby increasing the need for this particular nutrient.
The EU Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has evaluated the evidence behind the product's content of vitamin D and has acknowledged the following statements:
- Contributes to a normal absorption/utilization of calcium and phosphorus
- Contributes to normal blood calcium levels
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal bones
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth
- Contributes to normal function of the immune system
- Has a role in the process of cell division and specialisation
- For men and woman 60 years and older: Vitamin D helps to reduce the risk of falling associated with postural instability and muscle weakness. Falling is a risk factor for bone fractures among men and woman 60 years of age and older. (Art 14a)