A newly found study presented at the 24th European Congress of Endocrinology states that milk and water are the most efficient vehicles for absorbing vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to diseases such as COVID-19. The 24th European Congress of Endocrinology which kicked off yesterday in Milan, Italy, will conclude on May 24.
Approximately 40% of the European population may suffer from vitamin D deficiencies, with 13% potentially suffering from severe vitamin D deficiency, this study estimates. Hence, the consumption of this mineral and knowing how to consume it for maximum absorption is a must.
In order to determine the optimal method of absorbing Vitamin D in the human body, Dr Rasmus Espersen of Aarhus University in Denmark and his colleagues conducted a randomised trial on 30 postmenopausal women with vitamin D deficiency aged 60-80 years.
Various food items containing 200 grams of D3 were tested for their effect on blood concentrations immediately after consumption. Participants were randomly assigned 500 millilitres of water, milk, juice, juice containing vitamin D bound to whey protein isolate, and 500 millilitres of water without vitamin D (placebo).
On this trial, Dr Espersen stated that One aspect that surprised me was the fact that the results seen in the water and milk groups were equal. This was quite unexpected given the fact that milk contains fatter than water.
Additionally, the study also revealed that the whey protein isolate in apple juice was unable to enhance the maximum concentration of D3. It is compared to juice without WPI. When milk and water were consumed, D3 concentrations were significantly higher than when juice was consumed. No difference was observed between milk and water. In light of these findings, it can be concluded that vitamin D fortification is more effective in water or milk, as opposed to juice.