Should we all be taking Vitamin D?

Vitamin D has been making headlines recently due to its importance for the body1.

In England, the NHS recommends everybody take a vitamin D supplement daily to avoid deficiencies caused by a lack of sunlight2.

Specifically, they recommend that you take a daily supplement if you:

    • Are not often outdoors – for example, if you're frail or housebound
    • Are in an institution like a care home
    • Usually wear clothes that cover up most of your skin when outdoors
    • Have dark skin

Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods including oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel, red meat, liver and egg yolks.

Our new Manuka Doctor high-strength Vitamin D contains a high dose of Vitamin D3, which is easier to absorb that other sources of Vitamin D and provides 500 per cent of your recommended daily allowance.

The ingredients in our formulation have been validated by the European Commission to help contribute to normal immune system function and reduction in tiredness and fatigue3.

Is Vitamin D even more important at the current time?

Science is still ongoing into this area. But according to a study in the renowned scientific journal PLUS One, initial findings showed that more research is needed into the potential link to vitamin D supplementation in reducing the risk for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection and COVID-19 disease 4.

How much vitamin D do I need?

Adults need a minimum of 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. This includes pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

A microgram is 1,000 times smaller than a milligram (mg). The word microgram is sometimes written with the Greek symbol μ followed by the letter g (μg).

Our high strength Vitamin D contains 25 micrograms in each tablet, or 25ug, which is why it’s classed as high dose.

Sources:
1. The Times - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-ministers-studying-if-vitamin-d-might-reduce-infections-lfx2rzrgp
2. NHS guidance on Vitamin D - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/
3. European Commission. EU Register on nutrition and health claims. http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/labelling_nutrition/claims/register/public/?event=search
4. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0239252

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