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Vitamin D your life

Posted on 23 July 2015

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Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, and we get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. Find out how to get enough without risking sun damage.

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Everyone needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus from their diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones.

A lack of vitamin D – known as vitamin D deficiency – can cause bones to become soft and weak, which can lead to bone deformities. In children, for example, a lack of vitamin D can lead to rickets. In adults, it can lead to osteomalacia, which causes bone pain and tenderness.

How do we get vitamin D?

Our body creates most of our vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin. We also get vitamin D from some foods – including eggs, meat and oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines.

Vitamin D is also added to all infant formula milk, as well as some breakfast cereals, soya products, dairy products, powdered milks and fat spreads.

 

Information sourced from: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/vitamin-D-sunlight.aspx

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