Vitamin D

Vitamin D – Healthy bones, thanks to the sun

Vitamin D is an essential substance for good bone health, due to its regulating function of calcium and phosphorus absorbed through nutrition. Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced by our skin in response to exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is important as we age due to the increased risk of deficiency caused by a lack of sunlight, reduced synthesis and inadequate dietary intake.

Sources include
  • Egg yolk
  • Exposure of skin to sunlight
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D, e.g. dairy products
  • Liver
  • Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring

It is important to have a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Health benefits of vitamin D

Health benefits

Why is Vitamin D important?
- Contributes to normal bone and muscle function
- Helps normal absorption of calcium and phosphorus
- Support the normal function of the immune system

Wow! Vitamin D and Healthy Ageing
It is recommended that older adults have an intake of 10 microgram /day of Vitamin D, which may need to be taken as a supplement.

Source: European Food Safety Association
Arti Bhan at al. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, Volume 39, Issue 2, 2010, Pages 321-331