The Sunshine Vitamin – Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, it is needed to keep bones and muscles healthy. The body creates Vitamin D from direct sunlight, but between October & March we will not produce enough naturally though sunlight. The NHS recommends 10 micrograms of Vitamin D a day, and if you can’t get this through being outdoors, here are some foods that can help boost Vitamin D levels…
- Oily Fish
- Red Meat
- Egg Yolks
- Fortified foods such as fat spreads or cereals
Having enough Vitamin D has a wide range of benefits. A 2018 review of existing research suggested that some studies had found that Vitamin D had a protective effect against the flu. Research has also shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
Many factors can affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of Vitamin D through the sun alone. These factors can include being in an area of high pollution, spending more time indoors or living in big cities where buildings block the sunlight. It is important to try and get some Vitamin D from sources other than sunlight otherwise it is easy to become Vitamin D deficient. Symptoms of this include tiredness, muscle aches or severe bone pain and weakness.
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