Eating the rainbow | why we should be getting Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential in keeping bones, teeth and muscles healthy. It does this by helping to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. Without enough Vitamin D, our bodies are susceptible to deformities such as rickets and osteoporosis as well as osteomalacia (a condition that causes bone pain). Vitamin D can also affect our mood and many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter when many of us are lacking the vitamin.
in the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 5 people are lacking in vitamin D, and new guidelines say we should all be supplementing this vital vitamin.
Where can I get vitamin D?
Sunlight – “From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight.The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors. But between October and early March we don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight”– nhs website.
Foods containing small amounts of Vitamin D:
- oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
- red meat
- egg yolks
- fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals
Vitamin D supplements are easily available from supermarkets, pharmacists and health food shops. It can be in tablet and spray form and is easily digestible.