Pure vitamin D in cold pressed olive oil for children
- Small pearls with 5 µg (200 IU) of vitamin D3 suitable for children over 2 years of age
- Ensures good bioavailability as vitamin D is fat soluble
- Vitamin D plays a role for absorption of calcium
- Needed for the normal growth and devopment of bones in children
- Manufactured under Danish pharmaceutical control
D-pearls 5 mcg
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|1 capsule contains||% RDA*|
|Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)||5 µg||100%|
*RDA= Recommended Daily Allowance
1 capsule daily, or as recommended by a physician. To be taken with food and a glass of water. Do not exceed recommended amount. Not suitable for children under the age of 2.
Dietary supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet or a healthy lifestyle.
Pregnant and lactating woman and those on medication should seek professional advice prior to taking supplements.
Bulking agent: Olive oil
Capsule shell: Gelatin
Humectant: Glycerol, purified water
Colour: Calcium carbonate, Riboflavin
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)
Room temperature and keep out of direct sunlight.
Keep out of reach of children.
What is D-Pearls 5 µg?
D-Pearls 5 µg is a junior edition of our adult size D-Pearls. The tiny soft gelatin capsules each contain 5 microgram (200 IU) of vitamin D3. Their size makes them easy to swallow. The vitamin D is dissolved in cold-pressed olive oil to improve absorption in the digestive system as vitamin-D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Research has shown that D-Pearls have a high absorption in the body. D-Pearls 5 µg are suitable for children over 2 years of age.
D-Pearls and children
Vitamin D is even more important during childhood as the nutrient plays an important role in supporting normal growth and development of bone tissue. When the weather allows for it, it is important for children to get access to sunlight. A supplement like D-Pearls Junior makes it easier to get sufficient amounts of this nutrient all throughout the year.
Vitamin D supplements (as drops) are recommended for children in the age group 0-2 years. From that point on, a capsule preparation is the best way to supplement. The small gelatin capsules are easy for children to chew or swallow. You can even pierce the capsule and squeeze its content out into food or liquid.
Safety and quality
At Pharma Nord's factory in Vojens, Denmark, both medicines and dietary supplements are produced, which makes it possible to carry out the same control with dietary supplements as is already done with medicines. Both dietary supplements and medicines are examined on the basis of a carefully determined plan - which ensures that the products contain what the specification says. This gives consumers an assurance that each D-Pearl contains the amount of vitamin D listed.
D-Pearls has been on the European market since 2007.
What is vitamin D?
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 other types 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
It is difficult to get a sufficient amount of vitamin D through diet alone. This is because 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, milk 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:
There is some loss of vitamin D from the diet when heated.
The need for vitamin D
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
- 5 µg = 200 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 cell division process