Survey shows a third of respondents are vitamin D deficient

Almost a third of 2600 South African survey respondents are not getting enough vitamin D, one of the most crucial nutrients for immunity and general health.


The online survey, conducted on behalf of Coyne Healthcare, asked a series of questions about respondents’ exposure to sunlight and vitamin intake and was based on a US questionnaire aimed at helping respondents identify whether they were getting enough vitamin D.


The SA results indicated that 28% of respondents were lacking in vitamin D, 25% were getting just enough but could do with more while only 47% were getting sufficient vitamin D. According to the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics, vitamin D insufficiency affects nearly 50% of the world’s population and an estimated one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient.


A separate SA study found one in five children is vitamin D deficient while another study found that vitamin D deficiency affects up to two in three Cape Town residents in winter.


Pharmacist and life coach Giulia Criscuolo says South Africans are deficient because they are not getting enough daily sun exposure in addition to not getting enough vitamin D from their diets. Poor vitamin D absorption, not supplementing, old age, pregnancy and obesity also contributes to low vitamin D levels.


Criscuolo suggests supplementing with Better You DLux Vitamin D Oral Spray which is scientifically proven to provide a 228% higher blood reading compared to tablets. She said researchers found that absorption in the mouth is far greater due to the rich oral vein system allowing direct delivery into the bloodstream and bypassing the digestive system.


BetterYou DLux Vitamin D Oral Spray is available nationally at leading health stores, pharmacies and Dis-Chem and is recommended for all ages, including babies, toddlers, pregnant and breast-feeding moms as well as vegetarians, coeliac and diabetic patients.