Last year, after a period of ill health, Lewis was sent for a series of blood tests and I was really surprised when the results came back to say that he was seriously deficient in vitamin D. For a child who spends his life outdoors playing football and riding his bike, I wrongly assumed that he was getting all the vitamin D he needed and I felt awful afterwards that I hadn’t thought to give the children vitamin D supplements.
Once I started researching Vitamin D I was surprised to discover that the Government now recommends that everybody should be taking Vitamin D supplements, particularly during Autumn and Winter. But for our children, vitamin D is particularly important to support the normal function of the immune system and their development, such as regulating calcium and phosphate in the body, both of which are essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
New research shows that nearly half of people (47%) who don’t purchase multivitamins claim that natural sources can provide all the vitamin D they need. Experts say that’s almost impossible for many people living in the UK. Dr Sarah Jarvis, who has over 30 years experience in the NHS and over 26 years as a GP, has put together a fantastic, and comprehensive, guide to vitamin D to dispel the myths surround a vitamin which evidently, the majority of us know little about.
Exposure to Sunlight – The most natural way to get vitamin D is to expose your bare skin to sunlight and yet, with so much awareness about the dangers of UV rays, many of us cover up in the sun, particularly in the Summer. The truth is you don’t need too tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D – you only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to burn and the more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.
Getting vitamin D from your diet – As with most vitamins, you have to be eating a very healthy, inclusive, diet in order to get the amount you need simply from food alone. You can get small amounts of vitamin D from food including oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, fortified cereals, and milk. But you would need to eat the equivalent of 10 tins of tuna, 10 rump steaks, 10 lambs liver, 7 bowls of fortified cereal, or 6 boiled eggs, just to be getting enough vitamin D from your diet alone. I’m sure we can all agree that would be impossible!
GP Diagnosis – Many people claim they do not need to take a supplement as they are outwardly fit and well, and yet often vitamin D deficiency can present with no symptoms at all. Although low mood and muscle aches have been reported, a diagnosis can only be made via a blood test at your GP surgery. It is estimated that at least 1 in 5 of us are currently living with an undiagnosed vitamin D deficiency which is why taking a supplement is so important.
Good quality supplement – Until recently I had no idea that there was a difference between vitamin d supplements and felt overwhelmed by the many different brands and products. Fultium Daily D3 is one of the few vitamin D supplements specially formulated in a high quality oil which, unlike dry powdered tablets, is easily and effectively absorbed by the body. Dr Sarah Jarvis is working with Fultium Daily D3 to raise awareness of vitamin D deficiency.
We have recently started taking Fultium Daily D3, as a family – a vitamin D supplement suitable for for children and breastfeeding mothers. Everyone in the UK, aged 1 and over requires 10 micrograms (μg) of vitamin D a day and 8.5-10 micrograms a day for infants under 1 year- particularly during the winter months. Formulated specifically to meet the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN) and Public Health England’s (PHE) new recommended vitamin D guidelines is Fultium Daily D3. Fultium Daily D3 is a new, high quality, pharmaceutical grade supplement.
Available in pharmacies only, in packs of 30s (RRP £3.99), 60s (RRP £7.49), 90s (RRP £10.99) and as 15ml drops (RRP £7.99). Fultium Daily D3 is free from artificial preservatives and sweeteners. The capsule gelatine is both Halal and Kosher certified and the drops are suitable for vegetarians.
As a parent I feel comforted to know that my children are now getting their daily vitamin D whatever the weather. After all, we are the only ones who can control the vitamin D levels we get throughout the year so, unless you spend a lot of time outdoors, I definitely recommend a supplement!
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** This is a collaborative post with Fultium Daily D3 and I have been compensated for my time. All words and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated **