Thursday, 28 July 2016

A New Guideline On Vitamin D: Things You Should Know

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Vitamin D is an important micronutrient that looks after strengthening bone and muscles. Experts advise people to consider this essential vitamin over winter. They recommended tucking into eggs, salmon, tuna or vitamin D supplements to meet the daily requirement. Researchers explain that adults and children above one year should have 10 mcg (micrograms) of vitamin D on a daily basis. This means people may need to consider taking vitamin D supplement.

About Vitamin D
Vitamin D is quite useful in controlling the amount of phosphate and calcium in the body, which are required for healthy bones, muscles and teeth. This nutrient is found naturally in few foods such as egg yolks, oily fish (tuna, salmon, etc.), red meat and liver. Fortified foods like cereals are also good sources of vitamin D. However, it is not easy to meet the advised amount of this vitamin from food alone. One of the main sources of vitamin D is sunlight. Exposure to early morning sunlight helps generate this vitamin in the body.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Majority of the people are known to suffer from vitamin D deficiency. One in five people has vitamin D deficiency. The symptoms include muscle weakness, bone pain and fatigue. According to reports low levels of this vitamin is associated with asthma in children, cognitive impairment in elders, cardiovascular ailments and even cancer.

A new vitamin D advice
A new advice from the Public Health England is that adults and children (above 1 year) should consider a daily supplement of vitamin D. They should meet the requirement of 10 mcg per day, especially during autumn and winter. And people who are at the risk are being advised to rely on supplement throughout the year. People who have less or no exposure to sunlight should take this advice seriously. At the same time, people with dark skin should consider a supplement all year round.

Where I can acquire vitamin D supplements?
They are widely available through supermarkets, chemists and even online pharmacies. Vitamin D drops are also available for babies. Your healthcare professional can advise you from where to get