THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN.
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins we need as humans. It contributes to normal absorption/utilisation of calcium and phosphorus and blood calcium levels and can therefore help towards the normal health of bones and teeth. We can obtain most of our D3 intake from the sun’s rays. Whilst this sounds simple, it can mean that certain groups are at risk and are advised to take supplements, especially throughout the winter months from October to February.
The NHS advises:
Parents to give infants below 1 year from 8.5mcg-10mcg a day
Children aged 1-4 to have a 10mcg a day
EVERYONE to take 10mcg daily in winter
People who should consider this are are older people, those who stay indoors a lot or live in colder climates; people who are overweight and those with darker skin. Unlike some supplements, pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to take Vitamin D supplements. Also, those following a vegan or vegetarian diet should consider upping their intake as all D vitamins are extremely hard to find from non-meat/dairy food sources.
Vitamin K2 helps D3 be at it’s most effective. The K vitamins are among the fat-soluble vitamins. The particularly active vitamin K2 is formed by bacteria in the human intestine.