We all know that vitamin D is one of many essential nutrients that we need everyday to maintain a healthy body.
But do you know what the benefits of it are, and the best sources of it? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Vitamin D?
It helps the body regulate calcium and phosphate, which are the nutrients needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. There are also some findings that also show that taking supplements can help prevent colds and flu.*
What are the benefits of Vitamin D?
It is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth as well as improved resistance to certain diseases. If your body doesn’t get enough, you are at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as osteomalacia (soft bones) or osteoporosis (fragile bones) or rickets in children.
Where do I get vitamin D from?
Your body will create vitamin D from direct sunlight on your skin. From late March/early April to the end of September you should be able to get all you need from the sunlight. For the other times of year, you might need to consider other sources such as supplements.
Remember to take care when you’re in the sun without sun protection. It’s best to cover up or protect your skin before the time it takes you to start turning red or burn. Stay covered up for most of the time you spend outside and use sun cream with a minimum SPF of 15.
What foods contain vitamin D?
Most of our body’s vitamin D will come from the sun, but it is also found in a small number of foods. According to the NHS these include:
- Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
Who is at risk of Vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D deficiency is caused when you don’t get enough of it in your diet or lifestyle and you may be at risk of having softer or more fragile bones.
The following groups are more at risk of deficiency and may need to take supplements:
• All pregnant and breastfeeding women
• All babies and young children from six months to five years old
• People aged 65 or over
• People who aren’t exposed to much sun e.g. those who cover their skin or those that are housebound or confined indoors for long periods (night shift workers)
What Vitamin D Supplements are there?
Take one of these a day with a meal. Helps to maintain healthy bones, teeth, and normal immune function. There are 90 25µg tablets, which are suitable for vegetarians.
Children love the taste of Haliborange Kids Vitamin D Calcium Softies. The strawberry flavoured softies not only taste delicious, they also help provide the body with the calcium and vitamin D needed for healthy bones and teeth.
From an early age, we are required to eat three servings of dairy every day to give us strong bones and teeth, but it’s not always easy. These are a great way to top up your intake.
If you’re looking for vitamin supplements, ask the healthcare team at your local LloydsPharmacy for advice.