Vitamin D in winter months: Season of short days has descended which means getting enough vitamin D can be a challenge for us but it’s essential that we do.Rhiannon Lambert, nutritionist and author of ‘Re-nourish’ told The Independent, “Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is key for the maintenance of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.”“It also helps absorb calcium which plays a vital role in forming and maintaining strong bones,” she added. The main source of vitamin D is the sun – ultraviolet B radiation from sunlight can be synthesized by vitamin D3, the active form of Vitamin D, when exposed on the skin.Lambert listed four main benefits of vitamin D:
1.It helps absorption of calcium and phosphorus
2.It strengthens bones
3.It improves brain development and function
4.It can reduce inflammation.Lack of vitamin D can lead to deficiencies such as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Other deficiencies include common health conditions such as constant coughs and colds, tiredness and fatigue, seasonal effective disorder, poor bone and tooth health and low mood.“Always try to eat a varied, nutritious, vitamin D packed meal containing foods such as salmon, eggs and tofu,” noted Lambert, adding that they’re also great sources of your macro- and micro nutrients.“This in itself can lead to consuming more than needed and extra ingredients that aren’t great for your body.” She recommends people see a General Practitioner (GP) or nutritionist before prescribing themselves supplements and also asks to get a blood test done to find out our vitamin D levels.
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