The value of a good diet and healthy lifestyle for you and your loved ones has never been more important than now, and the core health benefits of additional nutrition through supplementation now more widely accepted than ever before.
Many of the leading health experts have focused on the benefits of vitamin C to support your immunity and of course that is important but one area I have always been passionate about is the health benefits of Vitamin D – and, in light of the current lockdown, I am delighted that the government is now publicly educating the nation on the need for extra vitamin D too.
Public Health England (PHE) has announced its new and formal recommendation that everyone should now take vitamin D supplements, not just at-risk groups as was previously thought.
The PHE has now updated its guidelines as follows:
‘Existing public health advice is that if you’re not going outdoors often, you should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D. We, therefore, recommend that whilst the stay at home measures are in place, everyone follows this advice (including children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and older people).
PHS is recommending 10 micrograms of vitamin D which is the same as 400 ius (international units) and you may need to take more for several weeks if you are low in vitamin D.
Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D by taking a good quality liquid supplement of vitamin D3 with no preservatives, sweeteners or artificial colours etc.
Choose vitamin D3 as research has shown that it is 87% more effective in raising and maintaining your vitamin D level than D2.