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Should you supplement Vitamin D to your diet?

Should you supplement Vitamin D to your diet?

by admin on 29 June, 2010

The HSE in Ireland has said (since it was shown in recent studies) that children and adults in Ireland (think that covers EVERYONE) are low in Vitamin D.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so low levels may contribute to weak bones and in severe cases to rickets. It has also been seen to be low in people with certain types of cancer though further studies are needed. But it is involved in boosting the immune system.

So the HSE now recommends that infants be given a daily supplement of Vit D (50mcg / or 200 iu).

You can get Vitamin D from some a few food sources,

such as oily fish like Salmon, tuna, mackerel;
small amounts in egg yolk and cheese,
and foods that have been fortified with it,

from supplements and
the body makes Vitamin D3 on your skin when the sun shines – which is why Irish people have low levels most of the year round!  And take into consideration how much time you spend indoors – office, house, car – along with simply not geting enough sun here 🙂 it’s not difficult to see how low levels in our entire population are possible.

So while the HSE is only recommending that infants be supplemented, and suggesting that expectant mothers are also likely to have inadequate levels of Vitamin D, I think that it’s pretty likely that the rest of the population would benefit from eating more foods that contain it, and/or take a supplement of Vit D regularly.

Top up with Vitamin D when next the sun shines, and don’t be so scared of the sun in Ireland (for 15-20 minutes anyway).

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