We all need more Vitamin D
It's important to take vitamin D as you may have been indoors more than usual over the last 12 months.
You should take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D a day between October and early March to keep your bones and muscles healthy. Between these months we do not get enough vitamin D from sunlight.
Vitamin D is especially important to people that are clinically vulnerable to coronavirus, for pregnant women, young children and residents with dark skin.
Note - If you are taking existing medication then check with your pharmacist or GP that you are able to take vitamin D supplementation at the same time.Learn more
Advice for pregnant women and young children
Vitamin D in food
Vitamin D from sunlight
Vitamin D and ethnicity
Vitamin D and coronavirus
Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is when the body does not have enough vitamin D to properly absorb the required levels of calcium and phosphate.
Mild to moderate vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone pain and weakening of the bones (osteoporosis). This could make you more likely to fracture a bone if you had a fall.
More severe levels of deficiency can lead to the development of rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.Learn more