Why is vitamin D important?
The skin cannot create vitamin D if covered in sunscreen or clothing, it is thought that a Sun Care product with SPF15 will reduce the skin’s ability to synthesize vitamin D by more than 95%.
The classic vitamin D deficiency disease is rickets, yet as fear of sun-exposure has grown and lifestyles have become more sedentary, exposure to the sun has dropped dramatically and vitamin D deficiency and the incidence of rickets has become increasingly common in the UK. In fact combined hospital admissions for vitamin D deficiency and/or rickets have increased here by 30% year on year.
Who is likely to be at risk of having a low vitamin D status?
Those at risk of lowered vitamin D status are the elderly and small children, however in addition, those people from the Asian community who tend to wear more modest clothing are amongst the population groups most like to suffer deficiency in vitamin D.
What foods have vitamin D?
Dietary sources of vitamin D include fortified foods, eggs and fatty Fish. During the the months between October & March however, these foods are thought to not provide sufficient levels of vitamin D, and therefore a daily supplement may, such as Viridian Vitamin D3 2000iu, may be required between