Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and to control the amount of calcium in our blood.
It is important at every stage of life, but especially so for rapidly growing kids and for pregnant and breastfeeding women. 400 units per day is the recommended dose for kids and adults.
The main dietary sources of Vitamin D are oily fish and eggs (an egg contains 20-40 units). So looking at the maths you would need to eat TEN eggs a day to obtain sufficient Vitamin D from your diet! Let’s face it, TEN eggs a day and you won’t be fit company for anyone!
Our other main source of Vitamin D is sunshine and Ireland is not exactly the sunshine capital of the world! And when the sun does come out we must of course slap on the sun cream, preventing the action of the sun’s rays on your skin and stopping the production of Vitamin D.
So the recommendations for those of us who live in a cloudy climate and whose appetite doesn’t stretch to TEN eggs and a LARGE mackerel every day, is to take 400 units of Vitamin D as a supplement every day. This will be especially important for our kids when they head back to school and are inside for the best hours of sunshine each day!
P.S. Vitamin D is also being investigated to help with low mood and depression, it’s certainly worth a try for those darker days. ☺
Talk to us in store as to the best preparations for adults, children and babies.
Vitamin D for babies and kids:
Vitamin D for adults and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding: