2. A new
report from Public Health England says that everyone in
the UK over the age of 1 should get 10 micrograms of vitamin
D per day.
It also says that this level of the vitamin is difficult to
get “from natural food sources alone”, and that the
government should consider ways to get the UK population to
consume this new recommended amount.
Foods that naturally contain high levels of vitamin D include
“oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines, as
well as red meat and eggs”,
according to the NHS. It is added to some foods, like
cereals and milk alternatives, and it’s also added to all
infant formula milk.
Dr Louis Levy, head of nutritional science at PHE,
“During the autumn and winter our only source of vitamin D
is our diet and it’s actually quite difficult to meet the
recommended levels from food alone so it’s worth everyone
considering a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of
body also makes vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, but the
amount varies depending on a few factors.
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Some people should consider taking a supplement in the summer
too, Levy said.
People with dark skin tones may not make enough vitamin D in
the summer from sunlight, so might need a supplement all year
round. And people who stay indoors or completely cover up
when they go outside should consider a year-round supplement
too, according to the new advice. Same goes for anyone who is
extremely diligent when it comes to applying sunscreen.
levels of vitamin D can lead to rickets in children and to
something called osteomalacia in adults, which causes bone
pain and muscle weakness.
But there are some medical conditions that can make it
dangerous to take too much vitamin D, so you should always
speak to your doctor if you’re unsure.
If you live in the UK, you should consider taking a vitamin D
Get the NHS advice on vitamin D