Vitamin D supplements are essential in UK winter

Vitamin D supplements are essential in UK winter

Years ago I went to an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, displaying historic public health posters.

One surprising topic was flies - teaching people that flies are a principle cause of disease and they should cover food and milk.

That seems remarkable now; we all know to cover food and get disgusted if flies land on it! But that’s because there was a successful public health campaign and it’s now ingrained in our general knowledge.

So it strikes me that we don’t have visible public health campaigns anymore.

Supplement Vitamin D during winter

Today, I constantly meet people who’re unaware of official government advice to take vitamin D throughout winter - after a rummage online, I found a survey by The British Nutrition Foundation/YouGov which showed 49% of adults weren’t aware of it.

Public Health England & NICE’s statement (not found on a poster near you):

“Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones and muscles. Everyone is advised to take a supplement of vitamin D during winter months.”

Adults and children over 4 years are recommended to supplement Vitamin D from October to March, while people at risk of vitamin D deficiency and infants up to 4 years are advised to supplement all year round.

Nutritionists generally go further: with our modern lifestyles, taking D3 all year round is sensible. Technically we could make plenty of Vitamin D through sunlight on skin during summer but it’s a rare person that spends a majority of their days outdoors!


Signs of Vitamin D deficiency

It’s a tricky one: when low in Vitamin D you may have vague symptoms like tiredness or aches. Feeling run down and catching every virus.

Or you could have no symptoms at all!

Vitamin D deficiency puts your immune health and bone density at risk so don’t mess around, get supplementing.

If you haven’t supplemented D3 during winter before now, get a blood test. If you’re very deficient, you’ll need a higher dose temporarily to get the levels up. After that you can rely on your multivitamin for daily maintenance.

And spread the word! Be a good citizen and make sure your friends and family are topping up their vitamin D with a supplement.

How to supplement Vitamin D

You can use Pollution Protection Daily Multi for your Vitamin D needs. Highly recommended for caring for your bone density, since it also provides Vitamin K2 which is found in fermented foods i.e. lacking from our modern diets.

Supplementing Vitamin D3 & Vitamin K2 is more important than calcium: you can have a diet rich in calcium but it won’t get into your bones without vitamins D & K2!


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