The importance of Vitamin D

I have been giving my boys a vitamin supplement for as long as I can remember. Kipper had a special vitamin D supplement when he was tiny because he had a dairy intolerance and moved off of my breast milk and formula earlier than I would have liked. Which meant he could not get the required amount of vitamin D from milk. Even now I continue to make sure the boys take a supplement. Especially this time of year since they are not outside as much as I would like. Preferring to play trains or watch TV in the cosiness of the lounge. In the Summer its easy as they will spend as much time as possible playing in the sun. Often asking to go out at every opportunity so I don’t need to think about it. But the Wintertime is different they need real coxing.

So why is Vitamin D important?

Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, it also supports the normal function of the immune system in children anadults.

Myths about Vitamin D

In a recent article Dr Sarah Jarvis, who has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS anover 26 years as a GP discussed Vitamin D. Some of the most salient points are below:

  • I can get it through diet – According to experts its almost impossible for people living in the UK to get enough Vitamin D through diet alone. You can get small amounts of vitamin D from food including oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, fortified drinks, cereals and milk. However you need to eat one portion a day for this to work. What many people don’t realise that a portion is ‘6 boiled eggs’ or ’10 Rump Steaks’.
  • I will know when I am deficient – Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency can present with no symptoms at all, though generalised muscle aches and low mood have been reported. Diagnosis is made through a blood test at your GP surgery.
  • We are not doing enough as children are developing Rickets – Rickets is a condition where minerals aren’t laid down in bony tissue and bones become soft and deformed. It was a common occurrence in the past and mostly disappeared during the early 20thcentury after foods like margarine and cereal were fortified with vitamin D. However, in recent years cases of rickets are on the rise.
  • So what the side effects are not that bad – Research says that that vitamin D deficiency weakens the immune system leading to other diseases such as respiratory infections. Not only that but Depression, breast ancolorectal cancer have all been linked to low levels of vitamin D. There is also an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease according to research**
  • Its okay I have it under control – Only you can control the vitamin D levels you get throughout the year, so unless you spend a lot of time in the sun, consider a supplement

For the reasons mentioned above, we as a family are taking Vitamin D supplement Fultium Daily D3. Everyone in the UK, aged 1 and over requires 10 micrograms (μg) of vitamin D a day and 8.5-10 micrograms a day for infants under 1 year- particularly during the Winter months. Fultium Daily D3 is formulated specifically to meet the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN) and Public Health England’s (PHE) new recommended vitamin D guidelines.

Available in pharmacies only, in packs of 30s (RRP £3.99), 60s (RRP £7.49), 90s (RRP £10.99) and as 15ml drops (RRP £7.99). Fultium Daily D3 is free from artificial preservatives and sweeteners. The capsule gelatine is both Halal and Kosher certified and the drops are suitable for vegetarians. You can buy yours from Boots – here.

Have you been taking a Vitamin D supplement this Winter?

 

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This post has been written in collaboration with Fultium Daily D3, I was compensated for my time. 

43 Comments

  1. Natalie Crossan

    I was diagnosed as vitamin D deficient last year and since have made a more conscious effort to increase my vit D and both me and my daughter now take vit D supplements xx

  2. Gervin Khan

    Such a great information about the importance of vitamin D for our body. Nowadays we need this kind of supplement for us to have enough protection from disease and sickness. Thank you for sharing this to us.

  3. Emmeline

    Oh yes, Vitamin D is so important! Thanks for writing this informative post! I live in Sweden and there is no way to get enough Vitamin D in the winter here – I used to be sooo tired yet still have trouble sleeping & become depressed in the winter months but since I started taking Vitamin D a few years back it’s so much better.

  4. Anju

    Realized how important Vit D is after I moved to Seattle, and was severely deprived of it after the first winter here. it really does make a huge difference to general mood and wellbeing.

  5. Marysa

    Vitamin D is so important! This looks like a great supplement to take. I live in Upstate NY where we don’t get a whole lot of sun in the colder months. Your review is a good reminder about making sure we take our Vitamin D. Thanks for sharing – I’ll have to check this out.

  6. lexi

    vitamin D is sooo important as well as many vitamins and minerals! its amazing how all these things come together to help us function on a day to day basis!

  7. Jenni

    In Scotland, the government recommendation is that children under 5 take Vitamin D all year round, and that everyone, even those aged 5 and older up to adult age, should take Vitamin from October to March. So it’s become part of our daily morning routine.

  8. Sabina Green

    I have seen effects of extra vitamins for sure. Even if they kids are outdoors a lot they aren’t always getting enough vitamin D. I also take a multi vitamin supplement and I have noticed a difference in my energy.

  9. Stephanie

    It’s very interesting isn’t it when you start looking at what we should need but we don’t get enough of in our daily food. My children take daily mutli vits but I don’t, maybe I should do myself!

  10. Laura Dove

    I worry a lot about vitaminD deficiency as both myself and Lewis have low vitamin d levels and it left us feeling really poorly! We;’ve been using these same products and they seem to be a huge help!

  11. Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    It’s true that Vitamin D is not as easy to get in required doses compared to other nutrients via diet alone. It becomes even more problematical if you go for periods during winter of not getting sufficient sunlight. Great information here to raise the awareness of this as an issue together with supplements that are available to assist.

  12. Kristen Frolich

    I think people really forget how important vitamin d is! My boyfriend has a vitamin d deficiency and it really does effect his daily life.

  13. caitylis

    I make sure my little boy has his vitamins every day which includes vitamin D. I should really take some myself though as I defiantly don’t spend that much time in the sun and I do feel the effects and tiredness from not doing so!
    Caitylis x x

  14. Sinead

    I was just having this conversation with a friend the other day. She said she was constantly wrecked and irritable. Starting taking VIT D and couldn’t believe the change. I’m sold!

  15. Monidipa Dutta

    Your body must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Too little vitamin D results in soft bones in children (rickets) and fragile, misshapen bones in adults (osteomalacia). You also need vitamin D for other important body functions.

  16. Angie

    Vitamin D is really important as is getting our needed daily dose. I take supplements too this time of year as I live in New England and we get very little sun during the cold weather.

  17. Elizabeth O

    Absolutely Vitamin D is important for our body. You shared such a beautiful post and very important through your blog. I wasn’t aware about those capsules.

  18. Rachael

    My health visitor told me loads and loads about the importance of Vit D when Oscar was born. I must admit though, since he has grown up a bit now I don’t give him drops anymore, I really must get back on that and make sure Luke has them too.

  19. Fiona jk42

    It’s great that you are raising awareness of vitamin D deficiency. In addition to taking supplements, some “SAD” phototherapy lamps can also be used to stimulate the body to produce vitamin D.

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