Its the vitamin that helps maintain bones, teeth and muscles, but levels can drop significantly once summer ends. Heres how to ensure you are getting enough
From April to September, most Britons produce all the vitamin D they need in their own bodies, as sunlight strikes their skin when they are outdoors. Levels drop significantly once summer ends. Its not having high levels of vitamin D that matters its avoiding being deficient, says Julia Newton-Bishop, professor of dermatology at the University of Leeds. The scientific advisory committee on nutrition recommends that everyone living in the UK should consider taking a moderate daily dose of vitamin D, which helps to keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy. For people of relative good health, that is 10 micrograms. For people with darker skin pigmentation, its generally harder to make the same amount of vitamin D from sunlight, so taking a daily supplement year-round should be considered, says Martin Hewison, professor of molecular endocrinology at the University of Birmingham. You can either take a dedicated vitamin D supplement, or a multivitamin capsule, which will usually have a low level close to what the government advises. Eating certain foods can also partially address vitamin D deficiency but its not enough on its own.
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