BioActive D-Pearls Junior
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|1 capsule contains||% NRV*|
|Vitamin D3||5 µg||100%|
*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value.
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.
Pregnant and lactating women and those on medication should seek professional advice prior to taking supplements.
Bulking agent: Olive oil
Capsule shell: Gelatine
Humectant: Glycerol, purified water
Colour: Calcium Carbonate, Riboflavin
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)
Store at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.
Nutritional supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle.
What is BioActive D-Pearls Junior?
D-Pearls Junior consists of tiny soft gelatin capsules each containing 5 microgram (200 IU) of vitamin D3. Their size makes them easy to swallow. The vitamin D is dissolved in cold-pressed olive oil, as vitamin-D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Research has shown that D-Pearls have a high absorption in the body. D-Pearls Junior 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.
What is vitamin D?
There are vitamin D receptors in nearly every cell in the human body which indicates just how important this nutrient is. The two most important forms of vitamin D are, D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is the form that is synthesised in the skin from cholesterol when we are exposed to sufficient amounts of sunlight. Vitamin D from sunlight is an effective vitamin D source but is only produced when the sun is high in the sky. In Ireland, this can only happen during the summer period, and therefore we cannot produce sufficient levels of vitamin D during the rest of the 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, studies indicate that vitamin D3 is 56-87% 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.
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:
Cod liver oil
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.