Why supplement with vitamin D?
The importance of Vitamin D to our health has only really been discovered in the last 20 years. Recent studies indicate that low levels of vitamin d contribute to a decline in cognitive function and to Alzheimer’s Disease, and may also be linked to depression and some cancers, although more research does need to be done.
Did you know new research suggests that up to 98% of people in the UK may be vitamin D deficient? According to a study done at Deakin University, one-third of Australians are too. Research conducted in the USA in 2009 concluded that 7 out of 10 children were also Vitamin D deficient.
Most of us understand that sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. But, even if you spend a lot of time outdoors, the UK is one of the cloudiest countries in the industrialised world. Our lack of this vitamin is an issue recognised by the UK Department for Health who recommend vitamin D supplements from 6 months of age. Vitamin D is essential for absorbing calcium to build strong bones. It also helps to prevent bone diseases like rickets, which are on the rise. You’d have to drink around 80 glasses of milk a day to maintain a healthy level of vitamin D. That’s an impossible amount of milk to drink in a day!
You can get small amounts of vitamin D in your diet naturally by eating the following foods:
Cod liver oil
Tuna canned in water
Sardines canned in oil
Beef or calf liver