As we come into the colder months, a hot topic in health care is Vitamin D. In the UK, the poor weather is one of our favourite talking points, but could it be impacting on our health?
Everyone knows that Vitamin D is particularly important for children’s developing bones, and children with a severe deficiency could go on to have deformities such as Rickets.Vitamin D is also very important for the strength of bones in adults; without it they can develop the adult-version of Rickets called Osteomalacia (soft bones), and have an increased risk of Osteoporosis (fragile bones)
Vitamin D is vital in maintaining the health of our immune systems – some studies even suggest that it could reduce the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis and heart disease.
Mild deficiency in adults can produce a whole variety of symptoms –
Low immune system function
So where can you find Vitamin D in your diet?
Oily fish are an excellent source of Vitamin D, as well as many other amazingly healthy things like omega 3 and 6.
Red meat and Liver
Some people are at a higher risk of deficiency than others; the elderly, the overweight, and people with restricted diets, such as vegans.
Our bodies can also produce Vitamin D independently when our skin is exposed to sunlight. However, people who live further away from the equator (like in the UK) or stay indoors a lot, won’t be able to produce much Vitamin D in this way. People with darker skin tones may also struggle, as the higher levels of melanin pigment in their skin can block the sunlight from activating our Vitamin D production process.