With winter, well and truly upon us this is the time of year to stay wrapped up and out of the elements. In saying that one of the hottest news topics this year from Public Health England is that the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D for all individuals over 1 year old is 10 micrograms (mcg) in order to ensure a healthy musculoskeletal development.
What is Vitamin D I hear you ask?? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which we obtain mainly through the action of sunlight which unfortunately us Brits struggle to find most days let alone spend enough time out in it. For some other ways to obtain the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D I got in touch with Swisse Ambassador & Nutritionist Rick Hay who stated the following:
- A cereal-friendly morning: Around 10 bowls of vitamin D fortified cereal with 2-3 glasses of fortified orange juice.
- A fruity start to the day: 7 or 8 small yoghurt tubs with a 2-3 punnets of berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries).
- Egg-tastic morning: Plain omelette made with 10 or 11 eggs.
(These are all based on the average person per day)
Another, much easier way of obtaining the bodies recommended dose of vitamin D each day is by taking a supplement. Over at Swisse their Vitamin D Capsule they’re one a day capsule provides the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D you require. To find out more about the Swisse Vitamin D Capsules I questioned Rick in more detail regarding this product.
What are the main benefits of Swisse Vitamin D and how do the ingredients provide these benefits?
“The main benefits are for bone health – to help keep bones strong and to help prevent conditions like rickets and osteomalacia which can result from a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth and also assists with calcium absorption. It contributes to normal absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and contributes to normal blood calcium levels. It has a role to play in muscle function and contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function. Vitamin D also helps with immune health.”
Why do we need Vitamin D?
“We need vitamin D to help keep bones and teeth strong and to help keep the immune system strong.”
Do children and adults need the same dose? If so what dose is required?
“Public Health England recently advised that supplementation with ten micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D daily for all ages from children over one to help with healthy musculoskeletal development over winter. The NHS have advised this with dark skin and those who get little exposure to sunlight to supplement all year round. I recommend that adults take at least 10mcg which is why I like Swisse’s 25mcg formula.”
Is taking a Vitamin D supplement safe (Benefits and Downsides)?
“Yes indeed! It is important to note that even without symptoms too little vitamin D can still pose a health risk and lead to some deficiency symptoms. The NHS have advised this with dark skin and those who get little exposure to sunlight to supplement all year round. If we look back to the 50’s the government issued a daily dose of cod liver oil for children to supplement their diets. In summer if you follow a healthy balanced diet that is varied and not overly processed and, if you then combine this with short bursts of sunshine you may not need to take a vitamin D supplement.
However, for most of us during the winter or autumn months and even in spring I recommend supplementation.”
Should we be consuming Vitamin D on a daily basis?
“Yes, certainly it is one of the most common deficiencies that can be easily resolved with vitamin supplementation.”
So, there you have it hopefully some of the most important questions regarding the Swisse Vitamin D supplement and Vitamin D itself have been answered by an expert for us and I for one will be adding this supplement to my daily routine at least during the winter months.
The Swisse Ultiplus High Strength Vitamin D3 is available exclusively at Boots and is priced at £7.99 for 100 capsules.
*Many thanks to Swisse Ambassador Rick Hay.