We commonly know vitamin D as the sunshine vitamin since the most common source of vitamin D is sunlight. This vitamin plays a crucial role in the human body by keeping the bones stronger, making immune system healthy, leading to musculoskeletal development, and reducing risk of different types of cancer too. There are two types of vitamin D, i.e., vitamin D2 and D3. While vitamin D3 is found in the adipose tissue in the body, vitamin D2 needs to be gathered from external sources.
Studies have shown that the most common nutrient deficiency that people globally suffer from is vitamin D deficiency. Multiple studies have revealed that 60-90& of Indians are Vitamin D deficient. This is where vitamin D supplementation through capsules and injections comes in.
However, lately, research has shown that vitamin D sprays have higher efficacy than capsules and must be the preferred form of vitamin D supplementation.
Why Do We Need Vitamin D?
Vitamin D plays an important role in many body functions, most importantly the musculo-skeletal system and immune system. It is also necessary in regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body that keeps the bones, teeth, and muscles healthy while also promotes skeletal development. A lack of vitamin D in children can cause rickets, and in adults, it can cause osteomalacia or osteoporosis. A deficiency in vitamin D has also been linked to several conditions like cardiovascular issues, several types of cancer, depression, and weight gain. Vitamin D can also help treat diabetes, flu, autoimmune diseases, neuromuscular diseases, and several others.
What are the Most Common Sources of Vitamin D?
The most common source of vitamin D is sunlight. However, people with darker skin might find it difficult to absorb vitamin D from the sunlight as well as fair-skinned people might. Changing lifestyles also affect the amount of sunlight we get daily, considering we spend a lot of our time indoors, apply sunscreen and wear long-sleeved clothes. We also do not get enough vitamin D when the sun doesn’t shine brightly during monsoons and winters.
So we need to turn to foods to get the daily dose of vitamin D that we require. Some foods rich in vitamin D are seafood like sardines and salmon, egg yolks, red meat, fortified foods like cereals and milk, mushrooms, and oatmeal. However, even after getting your daily dose of sunlight and eat a well-balanced diet, people might still suffer from vitamin D deficiency.
It is where supplementation comes in. You can take vitamin D supplements daily in the form of capsules or oral sprays. However, studies have shown that vitamin D sprays can be much more effective than capsules& the amount of Vit D that enters into the body is much more via oral sprays as compared to absorption from tablets & capsules that are swallowed.
How do Vitamin D Sprays Work?
You will need to spray a few droplets of vitamin D spray in your mouth which will get absorbed by the soft tissues in the mouth. The droplets in the spray are absorbed by the rich vein system situated close to the mouth and enter the bloodstream. It thus gets absorbed much faster than tablets which need to pass through the intestinal wall to enter the digestive system.
Only approximately 5-70% of the medicines can get absorbed from the stomach lining, depending on the molecule. Taking a medicine along with another medicine or certain types of food will also determine how much of the medicine will get absorbed into the body. Even lesser absorption may occur if a person is suffering from indigestion or any inflammatory bowel disease.
However, several people may not know that they suffer from gut absorption issues. It makes it difficult for them to absorb the nutrients they intake. The body’s absorption capabilities also decrease with age, and a person who had no problem absorbing nutrients earlier might not be able to absorb nutrients as they did before. So, even if such people consume the appropriate amount of vitamins through food and capsules, they might not be able to absorb them and still stay deficient.
What are the Benefits of Vitamin D Sprays?
1) Can be Absorbed Fast
Unlike vitamin D capsules, vitamin D sprays get absorbed faster as the rich systemof blood vessels, lies in close proximity to the lining of the mouth. The spray droplets directly get absorbed by the soft tissue in the mouth and enter the bloodstream much faster. Whereas vitamin D capsules first need to reach the digestive system and then get absorbed into the blood through the walls of the stomach& intestine. Furthermore, vitamin D sprays work even when people suffer from gut absorption problems as the spray gets absorbed in the mouth.
2) Higher Effectiveness than Capsules
Studies have shown that the rate of effectiveness from vitamin D sprays is much higher than all other sources. It can be attributed to the soft tissues in the mouth that has high absorption.
3) Easy & Convenient
Sprays are also much easier to carry around and can be sprayed whenever you remember. There is no need to look around for a glass of water. Can be carried in laptop bags, school bags and purses, without the problem of being crushed& contaminated.
4) Eliminates the Difficulty of Swallowing Tablets
Often, children and the elderly might find it difficult to swallow tablets, especially if they are big. However, even though vitamin tablets are usually small, some people might not be able to swallow them as they may gag or wretch. Vitamin D Spray completely solves this problem.
5) Best for Oncology & Bed Ridden People
For people who have cancers of the GUT where swallowing and absorption is a problem, Vitamin spray is very useful. Bed ridden and people with paralysis will benefit greatly from the Oral spray. It can be sprayed in lying down position also.
6) Safe to Spray in Sleep
Since the spray is minute droplets, there is no chance of choking at all. For very difficult, children and adults who cant / refuse to swallow syrups or tablets, the Vitamin spray can be sprayed into their mouth, when they are sleeping too, ensuring their adequate vitamin intake and health.
Thus, we can say that vitamin D sprays are not simply a trend that will soon fade away. They are much more effective than the other forms of vitamin D supplements and can also be taken easily. Children who might not be keen on taking tablets can get their daily dose of vitamin D in the form of the vitamin D sprays.