Did you know vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin? This is because you need sunlight to make vitamin D. During the winter months our exposure to sunlight is poor, we just don’t have the weather, then during the summer months our skin can be covered by sunscreen or clothing meaning our skin cannot make vitamin D. Vitamin D is available in our diet through sources such as eggs, milk, and fatty fish, but they do not provide sufficient levels of vitamin D.
Sources of Supplemental Vitamin D
Did you know vitamin D supplements can have several sources. It can come from the liver of fatty fish which is why many people take cod liver oil. It can be made from lanolin found in sheep’s wool like Solgar Vitamin D3 4000iu. Others come from lichen and are suitable for vegans, like Viridian Vitamin D3 2000iu. It can also be produced from mushrooms like Natures Plus Source of life Garden Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so it is best taken with food for best absorption.
What is Vitamin D for?
Vitamin D is essential for the body. Did you know it contributes to normal blood calcium levels and as such can be particularly important for people with osteoporosis. It also contributes to health teeth and of normal muscle function. Vitamin D is essential for the normal functioning of the immune system and it can help to prevent and treat the common cold. It has also been shown to aid in the reduction of allergic symptoms. (Vitamin D is also vitally important in addressing a vitamin D deficiency in Ireland)
How much Vitamin D is needed?
Vitamin D is needed most in the winter months and as such a supplement of at least 2000iu is recommended between October and March. For the rest of the year a lower strength supplement such as 1000iu can be enough. Infants and children can take supplements such as Viridian Viridikid Vitamin D Liquid or Better You Junior Vitamin D Oral spray. Children and Infants require 400iu of vitamin D all year round.