We’ve all been hearing a lot about Vitamin D lately, but what makes the sunshine vitamin so special at this time of year? Mostly known for its role in supporting immune health, Vitamin D also contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, teeth, muscle function and blood clotting.
Keep reading to find out why you should be taking Vitamin D this winter.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is an essential macronutrient. Our bodies create their own supplies of vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin – that’s why it’s often called the ‘sunshine vitamin’. But between October and March, we don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight.
Some people are more at risk from vitamin D deficiency than others, such as people who spend most of their time indoors, or those who have naturally darker skin – if you’re unsure whether this applies to you, check with your doctor.
Can I increase my Vitamin D intake through my diet?
There are some foods that are good sources of vitamin D, such as oily fish, red meat and egg yolks, as well as foods that are fortified with vitamin D, such as breakfast cereals. But for most people, it may be easier to get your vitamin D requirement from dietary supplements during the winter.
What should I take?
From tablets to softgels, there are plenty of ways to add a vitamin D supplement to your daily routine. Check with your doctor if you’re unsure on the correct dosage amount for you.