Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as the ”Sunshine Vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin when exposed to sunlight.
This vitamin has many important roles to play in our bodies. Some of the most vital would be to regulate the absorption of calcium and to facilitate normal immune system function. Without it, you are at risk of developing bone abnormalities such a soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (Osteoporosis).
What are the Benefits of Vitamin D:
- Maintain normal blood levels of calcium
- Aids in the absorption of calcium – helping you to form strong bones and teeth
- Can decrease the chances of developing heart disease
- Support lung function and cardiovascular health
- Reduces the likelihood of developing cold and flu.
- Supports your immune system, brain, and nervous system health
As we all know too well, from October to April there is not much sunshine about here in Ireland and this makes it difficult to meet our Vit D needs. This is why we need to look at various other sources such as:
- Egg yolks
- Red Meat
- Oily Fish – sardines, mackerel, salmon and herring
- Milk (fortified)
- Cereals and juices (fortified)
Adding the food sources above to your daily diet will help increase your intake of vitamin D. The only tricky part is knowing if you have the right amount. This is why Vitamin D supplements are a good idea.
While there is a mixed bag of opinions on supplements. Whether they are a must or simply a waste of time. Many forget that not all supplements are equal. More and more evidence is surfacing that there is one supplement that could help us in the fight against COVID-19.
It’s widely available, over the counter, and can be bought in bulk: VITAMIN D!
And it has been shown to lessen the severity of COVID-19.
Please Note: Taking Vitamin D can help decrease the severity of COVID-19. It cannot stop you from contracting COVID-19
What is the Vitamin D Recommended Daily Amount:
- 0 – 12 months – 10 micrograms per day
- 1 – 13 years – 15 micrograms per day
- 14 – 18 years – 15 micrograms per day
- 19 – 50 years – 15 micrograms per day
- 51 – 70 years – 15 micrograms per day
- 70+ years – 20 micrograms per day
While these are troubling times and we are all worried about the health and safety of the ones we love. Following the governments guidelines is the best way to keep the virus at bay. Stay home, stay safe, and pop the kettle on for a cup of tea.
We are in this together!