Short winter days mean that many of us are lacking in this vital vitamin…
Builds healthy bones and muscles
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, nutrients that are vital for healthy bones, muscles and teeth. The Department of Health recommends that everyone takes a daily vitamin D supplement during autumn and winter.
Several studies have shown that there is a link between low levels of vitamin D and depression, and that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) symptoms may be due to the sudden drop of the vitamin in the body caused by lack of sunlight at the onset of winter.
Prevents colds and flu
A study published in The BMJ found that taking a daily or weekly vitamin D supplement could prevent respiratory conditions, including colds and flu, asthma and pneumonia.
Protects against cancer
A higher daily dose (25mcg) of vitamin D protects against bowel cancer and heart disease, according to studies. However, the NHS advises that you should never take more
than 100mcg a day because this could be harmful.
Test your levels
To test your own levels of vitamin D, you can order a home testing kit from betteryou.com, in association with the NHS, for £28. The price includes a DLux Vitamin D Oral Spray at a strength relevant to your results.