The Vitl Nutrition Team / 5 Dec 2019
Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most prevalent nutritional deficiencies worldwide, affecting people of all ages! The National Diet and Nutrition Survey found that across each year, nearly a quarter of the adult UK population are deficient in vitamin D, with this rising to 40% over January to March when sunlight is especially reduced.
It’s particularly tricky to get all your vitamin D from food sources alone as there are actually very few food sources that contain vitamin D.
The best sources include:
It’s pretty tricky to get all the vitamin D you need from diet alone, so when winter approaches you should consider taking a vitamin D supplement.
Adults are recommended to take between 25-100mcg per day and opt for vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and this is a much more usable form for the body than vitamin D2.
Tip! Take your vitamin D supplement with a meal containing healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, or oily fish! Vitamin D is a fat-soluble molecule, so these fats in your meal will enable absorption.
It can be tricky knowing your levels of vitamin D as there are rarely any symptoms when they start to drop.
Using a Vitl Vitamin Blood test, you can get live results of your vitamin D levels (plus iron, zinc, active B12, folate, and a full cholesterol breakdown).
This way you can find out your levels for sure and prepare yourself for the winter.