Vitamin D

Vitamin D is currently stealing the spotlight for it’s proven protection against Covid-19. If there’s one vitamin you could really benefit from taking right now it would be this one.

 

Known as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, it is produced by the body when exposed to the direct sunlight. We’re also able to get it from a varied diet of eggs, oily fish (mackerel, salmon, sardine), red meat, cheese, fortified milk and fortified cereal.

It’s especially prevalent for us Brits during the winter months, as we don’t get a lot of sunshine from September-February, it’s vital to get some form of vitamin D into our bodies. It’s recommended that we supplement vitamin D alongside our diet.

 

 

Why do we need Vitamin D?

 

  • Needed for healthy bones, teeth & muscles
  • Helps strengthen any muscular weaknesses
  • A deficiency can cause weak and soft bones, leading on to injuries
  • Protects against certain conditions and diseases (type 1 diabetes)
  • Protection against flu (including Covid-19)

 

What is the recommended amount?

Max 4,000 IU per day (NHS website)

 

Written by Claudia Hodgson

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