The sunshine vitamin
Updated: Dec 31, 2019
As winter is upon us and I've named myself after my favourite vitamin, here’s some info on Vitamin D:
Vitamin D is a hormone that our body makes when our skin is exposed to sunlight. This means our supplies are limited during the winter as we can only get a small amount from food.
Vitamin D is essential for supporting immune, neuromuscular and bone health, therefore the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommends that everyone over the age of five should consider supplementing with 10µg of vitamin D per day from October to March.
According to national UK surveys, approximately 1 in 5 people are deficient in Vitamin D.
So its worth getting your levels checked with your GP, especially if you are over 65, have dark skin or spend a lot of time indoors.