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Vitamin D

During this extraordinary period as many of us are still self-isolating or working from home, there is a fear that we're not getting enough vitamin D.

Vitamin D is made in the skin by the action of sunlight and this is the main source of vitamin D for most people, so being stuck inside, we may be at risk of not getting enough. In 2016 Public Health England published advice on vitamin D based on the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), based on a review of evidence. 

The advice said:

"To protect bone and muscle health, everyone needs vitamin D equivalent to an average daily intake of 10 micrograms".

Dr Louis Levy, Head of Nutrition Science at PHE, said in 2016: 

"A healthy, balanced diet and short bursts of sunshine will mean most people get all the vitamin D they need in spring and summer. However, everyone will need to consider taking a supplement in the autumn and winter if you don’t eat enough foods that naturally contain vitamin D or are fortified with it. And those who don’t get out in the sun or always cover their skin when they do, should take a vitamin D supplement throughout the year."

Given current circumstances it might worth us all considering this advice during the next few weeks or longer to maintain our general health. Read our lifestyle and nutrition information.

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