The Sunshine Vitamin (D)


As the seasons are changing and the days are getting shorter, our Vitamin D intake declines. So why is Vitamin D connected to sunlight exposure, hence the sunshine vitamin name? Our bodies make Vitamin D from direct sunlight hitting our skin. It is thought that even in summer here in the UK, we do not get sufficient vitamin D from sunlight exposure. As we head into autumn and winter, therefore it is even more important that we look to get our Vitamin D from elsewhere. It is advised by the UK government that during the autumn and winter months here in the UK, everyone takes a supplement of Vitamin D everyday to support general health and in particular for bone and muscle health.

Sunlight exposure is not the only source we have for Vitamin D. There are certain foods that provide Vitamin D such as fatty fish (salmon, sardines) , egg yolks and fortified food (such as cereals). However most people’s intake is not sufficient to reach their full daily recommended intake levels.

The NRV (nutrient reference value) of Vitamin D, which is the amount needed by the average healthy person to prevent deficiency, is 5μg. The NHS suggests that adults need 10μg of vitamin D and should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10μg in autumn and winter.

So why do we need Vitamin D? Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, normal muscle function and normal function of the immune system. Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body- these nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

There have been links between Vitamin D reducing the risk of COVID-19, however currently there is insufficient evidence to be sure. Although there are trials underway as more research is carried out. However, the UK government advises that people should follow their current advice on Vitamin D supplementation for general health, in particular bone and muscle health.

Head on over to our shop to see our Vitamin D complex, combined with Zinc & Magnesium, to get your Vitamin D intake.