Should you take a Vitamin D supplement during lockdown?

We need to take vitamin D as it helps us to absorb calcium and phosphate which are essential to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. More recently, low levels have been linked to an increased risk of depression.

In the UK from October until March, it is recommended for all adults and children aged 1 year and over to take 10 mcg Vitamin D supplement due to lack of sunlight.

“Vitamin D is made in the skin by the action of sunlight and this is the main source of vitamin D for most people” Public Health England

As we have been spending more time at home, cooped up indoors I’ve been advising my clients to continue taking this supplement. And now, Public Health England have announced this as official guidance.

We can obtain vitamin D from food sources such as oily fish, eggs, mushrooms, red meat and some fortified cereals. But it’s unlikely we can get enough from food alone which is why supplementation is recommended. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are at particular risk of deficiency.

So, the advice for now is to continue taking 10 micro grams of vitamin D for a little longer.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this, you may also be interested in my advice on what you should eat to keep your immune system healthy during the pandemic.

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