Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble vitamin which is important for maintaining normal bones and teeth due to its key role in calcium metabolism and bone function. The most effective form of vitamin D is vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. In recent years- there has been growing evidence that vitamin D may play a role in the prevention of serious chronic diseases. Vitamin D is produced naturally when the skin is exposed to direct sunlight. However- people living in northerly latitudes- people who do not get enough sunlight or people who wear sunscreen do not typically make enough vitamin D. Also- newborn infants are not naturally exposed to direct sunlight and breastmilk is typically low in vitamin D.
Vitamin D is found in only a limited number of foods such as oily fish- egg yolk- and liver and so it is often difficult to obtain enough vitamin D through the diet. Sona Infant D3 is a food supplement that contains 800iu of vitamin D3 in each ml. It is not easy for parents to spot the signs of vitamin D deficiency in their baby. In severe cases- a lack of vitamin D can result in the softening of bones and poor bone formation leafing to fractures and deformities (e.g. rickets). The prevention of rickets at infancy is crucial since it is the most rapid period of bone growth and development. In older children and adults- vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia- which is the softening of bones due to defective bone mineralisation and is characterized by weak bones- bone pain- muscle weakness and fractures. Sona Infant D3 provides a direct source of vitamin D3 that the body can use efficiently to help prevent the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.