It’s widely agreed that sunlight is one of the most powerful forms of energy we have ever seen. People have been talking about solar collectors and harnessing this power for decades, and although the uptake on green energy has been slow, there’s always the old fashioned way – using our own bodies.
It’s important to take vitamin D as you may have been indoors more than usual this year.
You should take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D a day between October and early March to keep your bones and muscles healthy.
There have been some reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). But there is currently not enough evidence to support taking vitamin D to prevent or treat coronavirus.
Source: NHS website (Dated 15th Dec 2020)
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Vitamin D can help support and contribute to the normal function of your immune system, which is incredibly important in the current climate.
Vitamin D also contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, normal muscle function and normal teeth. The vitamin contributes to the normal absorption/utilisation of calcium and phosphorous in the blood.
Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods. Sources include;
If you choose to take vitamin D supplements, 10μg a day will be enough for most people.
People who take supplements are advised not to take more than 100μg of vitamin D a day, as it could be harmful (100 micrograms is equal to 0.1 milligrams).
This applies to adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women and the elderly, and children aged 11 to 17. Some people have medical conditions that mean they may not be able to take as much vitamin D safely.
If in doubt, you should talk to your doctor. If your doctor has recommended you take a different amount of vitamin D, you should follow their advice.
Taking too many vitamin D supplements over a long period of time can cause too much calcium to build up in the body (hypercalcaemia). This can weaken the bones and damage the kidneys and the heart.