As we advance the average age of the population globally, we are seeing an increase in a number of medical conditions. Osteoporosisdiabetes and hypertension are increasingly common and pose a challenge to healthcare systems and pharmaceutical companies.

Consider, for example, the incidence of the 65-year-old resident population in EU countries: while this was 14.6% in 1990, it increased to 17.2% in 2005. And this growth is not stopping.

Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is essential for the well-being of the body, especially for the regulation of calcium and phosphate levels, essential substances in an ageing population. It is, in fact, a crucial micronutrient for bone health and for the proper functioning of the  immune system, as well as for the prevention of various conditions, including osteoporosis in menopause, but also chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. That’s why it is becoming strategically important for pharmaceutical companies to invest in this segment of the market

The role of vitamin D3

In fact, vitamin D is more correctly classifiable as a pro-hormone than a simple vitamin, having an importance comparable to vitamin C and boasting benefits similar to vitamin A.

This compound can become active by becoming calcitriol, a hormone that acts through a specific receptor found in the cells of our body. The most common forms of vitamin D are cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2).

But where can we find vitamin D3? The main source is the skin synthesis that occurs when the cholesterol in the skin starts to produce its own cholecalciferol, through a chemical reaction from solar exposure. Although vitamin D3 can also be found in foods, such as fish (particularly salmon), liver and egg yolk, the use of supplements is often recommended in case of deficiency.

Benefits of vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is not only the vitamin of calcium, but a true ally for our health. It contributes to the normal absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus, thus supporting the health of bones and teeth. It is also involved in the functioning of the muscle system and the immune system, protecting the body from autoimmune and seasonal diseases.

But the effects of vitamin D3 do not end here: there are many, in fact, bodily functions that benefit from it. These include support in mood regulation and prevention of mood disorders such as seasonal depression.

How to take vitamin D3

When exposure to the sun is not sufficient or the diet does not cover daily needs, vitamin D3 supplementation becomes essential.

Products like Afragil, developed by Cor.con International, help maintain the right levels of vitamin D3 in the body, ensuring all its precious properties without risk of deficiency. Formulated with Solanum Lycopersicum and Haematococcus pluvialis, enriched with Vitamin C, it contributes to normal energy metabolism and cell protection against oxidative stress. It is especially indicated for women in perimenopause or menopause.

For the youngest, however, Colostrum Junior is an excellent aid for the growing immune system. It contributes to maintaining normal immune system function thanks to vitamins A, D3 and C, including during or after intense physical exercise.

Vitamin D3 supplementation should always be monitored by a healthcare professional, especially in order not to exceed the recommended daily dose. Excess cholecalciferol can lead to contraindications such as hypercalcaemia, which is the cause of kidney and cardiovascular damage.