Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is different from most other vitamins because our bodies can make most of what we need with exposure to sunlight.
Contributes to the maintenance of normal bone and teeth.
Contributes to normal absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus and the maintenance of normal blood calcium concentrations.
During the autumn and winter, you need to get vitamin D from your diet because the sun isn’t strong enough for the body to make vitamin D.
But since it’s difficult for people to get enough vitamin D from food alone, everyone (including pregnant and breastfeeding women) should consider taking a daily supplement containing vitamin D during the autumn and winter.
Between late March/early April to the end of September, most people can get all the vitamin D they need through sunlight on their skin and from a balanced diet. You may choose not to take a vitamin D supplement during these months.
Some people won’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight because they have very little or no sunshine exposure.
The Department of Health recommends that you take a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D throughout the year if you:
If you’re from a minority ethnic group with dark skin, such as African, African-Caribbean or south Asian, you may also not get enough vitamin D from sunlight. You should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D throughout the year.
Source: www.nhs.uk (Next review due 03/03/2020)
Visit the NHS site for more information on vitamin D – www.nhs.uk