'Tis the season to top up with vitamin D

Who doesn't love a bit of winter sunshine? There's a good reason! While we're soaking up the rays we can make vitamin D, an essential ingredient for maintaining healthy bones, teeth and immune systems. But getting vitamin D in winter is hard work.

What is 'the sunshine vitamin'?

Our bodies produce vitamin D when we're exposed to sunlight - which is why it is known as 'the sunshine vitamin'. Vitamin D is used by the body to absorb calcium and phosphate, so plays an important role in maintaining the strength of our bones and teeth.

During the winter months, between November and March, the sunlight does not have enough ultraviolet B radiation for our bodies to be able to produce vitamin D.

As we age, our skin becomes less efficient at synthesizing vitamin D from sunlight. The rates of vitamin D deficiency in England and Wales increase as we age:

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Who is at risk of deficiency?

Women are at risk of vitamin D deficiency at several stages throughout their lives. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are often advised to take vitamin D supplements because it is difficult to achieve the required levels through diet alone.

Other groups at risk of vitamin D deficiency are:

  • Those aged sixty-five and older
  • Those who spend long periods of time indoors
  • Those who cover up with clothing when outside

The magic ingredient: Black Pepper

Vitamin D from FutureYou is the only vitamin D supplement that is combined with black pepper extract (piperine). Piperine improves the bioavailability (absorption) of vitamin D so you can absorb more of the good stuff.

Recommended by the NHS

A new Public Health England report advises that adults and children over the age of one should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement in autumn and winter. In addition, people whose skin has little or no exposure to the sun, need to take a supplement throughout the year.

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