Do I need a vitamin D supplement?

Do I need a vitamin D supplement?

Interestingly, vitamin D is not actually a vitamin but a hormone that helps the absorption of calcium in the body. We need it to help keep our muscles, bones and teeth healthy and it's also been suggested that vitamin D could help boost your immune system.

Usually in Europe from April to September, our bodies are able to produce all the vitamin D we need from the sunlight we get on our skin. In the darker months, we can usually boost our vitamin D requirements with food.

However, this year has been very different. If you feel that you've been inside more than usual due to lockdown restrictions, you may want to consider a supplement or trying to boost your reserves with the following:

Oily Fish

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and also a good source of vitamin D, go for mackerel, salmon, trout and sardines to get the maximum benefit.

Egg Yolks

Eggs are a simple and popular way to get vitamin D. It’s the yolks that contain the vitamin so make sure to eat the whole egg. Starting the day with a boiled egg will put you on the right course and fill you up!

Liver

Beef liver is a great source of vitamin D. It's also high in iron and vitamin A.

However, if you're vegan you have some other options:

Mushrooms

One of the only plant-based foods that are high in vitamin D. Much like humans mushrooms can absorb vitamin D from the sun, so even if you haven't been able to get out in the sunshine, the mushrooms have!

Fortified foods

Certain products are now having vitamin D added, these include kinds of margarine, orange juice and breakfast cereals.

Omega-3 oil

Vitamin D is concentrated in the liver of fish and is therefore plentiful in fish oil. We recommend the company Zinzino, who offer clean and effective omega-3 oil. Choose 'find your representative', then add the ID number: 2005865668.

Zinzino omega-3 oil is gained 100% from whole fish with cold-pressed olive oil and vitamin D3 with added fresh lemon flavour. They even offer a top quality vegan oil made from marine algae.